Each have or has?

Today’s question mark is on dealing with compound subjects and the adverbs each and every.

The traveler and the local each has reason to love the beach.

The traveler and the local each have reason to love the beach

OK, according to the Scott, Forseman Handbook for Writers, the verb in these can be either love or loves. It’s only when each is before the compound subject that the verb has to be the singular loves.

Each traveler and local has reason to love the beach.

If there are two possible structures for when each shows up after the compound subject, then that means there are two possible interpretations.

So, what are they?

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3 Responses

  1. I love your blog! Since I make many grammatical and punctuation faux pas, I plan on visiting often.

    Best,

    Deb

  2. Thanks for the support.

  3. Since language is far from an exact science, and the English language is not a highly regulated one like French and Spanish with their national academies, these dilemmas arise. One book says one thing and another book says another.

    I would follow my ear and go for each “has”. I don’t like the sound of tacking on each after the subject. It sounds colloquial and a bit awkward. I would avoid it myself.

    Thanks for starting this blog!

    Reed

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