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Which is more preferable in this sentence, "has been" or "have been"?

My mom {has/have} been strict in this matter.

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    You just have to conjugate to have properly. Which one is correct conjugation: "My mom has a car" or "My mom have a car"? The same principle applies here. – stangdon Aug 20 '18 at 18:04
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    Please read through this post on meta and retitle your question accordingly. – J.R. Aug 20 '18 at 18:06
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    There is also some good advice for writing a question with enough detail in the Details, Please post on English Language Learners Meta. If we understand why you are asking the question and what you already know about the subject, we can write answers that are more helpful to you. – ColleenV parted ways Aug 20 '18 at 18:14
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You use the word "has" when you are referring to one person/thing (singular).

She has been strict in this matter.

My mom has been strict in this matter.

You use the word "have" when you are referring to many people/things (plural).

They have been strict in this matter.

My mom and dad have been strict in this matter.

  • I've added a couple more examples using nouns instead of pronouns. – James K Aug 23 '18 at 19:18

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