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In the videos and pictures which have surfaced online, Gowda can be seen walking barefoot in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan stopped briefly to greet PM Modi...

Why has the writer used “have” instead of “has” in the above sentence?

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    The subject of have is videos and pictures, which is a compound of two plural nouns. The correct verb form is have. That's the rule: It has, and they have. Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 5:25
  • @Jack O'Flaherty, are you sure the expression: “In the videos and pictures which have surfaced online...” is correct?
    – Jay Ho
    Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 5:49
  • I misspoke in my comment. The subject of have is the relative pronoun which, but the antecedent of which is compound and plural. That means that the form have is correct. The rest of the sentence, starting with stopped, doesn't connect with what came before. Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 5:49

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The subject of have is "videos and pictures", which is a compound of two plural nouns (or the subject of have is the relative pronoun which, but the antecedent of which is compound and plural). The correct verb form is have. That's the rule: It has, and they have.

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  • Converting comment to CW
    – James K
    Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 7:20

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