Which form to choose for the verb "have"?

There have to be other solutions...
There has to be other solutions...

Somehow, both sound correct. I chose the first one, but isn't the second one also ok? Or does the meaning change somehow? Or does it depend on what follows (singular/plural)?

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    The second one is not OK. Solutions is plural, so we say There are other solutions - There have to be other solutions. Oct 21, 2021 at 10:10

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You are correct. The first phrase is actually a better choice since the choice of using has/have depends on whether the words following it are singular or plural. This phrase is an example of existential construction, you can read more details here: https://www.reddit.com/r/grammar/comments/4355wf/there_has_vs_there_have/

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