Subject verb agreement
The derelict old house across from the warehouses and the even more decrepit one just beside them have been placed on the list of historic Landmarks. I am really confused about that statement.Some books consider it correct while others say that have must be replaced with has. Please clarify the best answer with explanations.
The confusion is in the use of "one" (singular indefinite pronoun) and the verbs "have been placed" (plural). Since there are two houses then "have been placed" is needed. Consider changing "one" to "house". You could also re-write the sentence as follows:
Both houses, the one across from the warehouses and the one just beside them, have been placed on the list of historic landmarks. (insert your adjectives)
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