Singular or plural verb with (s) noun

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In the sentence "Your account(s) have been upgraded," should the verb be singular or plural, or does it have to be "has (have)" as some sites recommend? This seems unnecessarily cumbersome.

asked Mar 23 '12 at 16:14 Faith Witt New member

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When I feel the need to use a word or phrase that results in an awkward sentence, flipping the sentence around can sometimes solve the problem.

 

We have upgraded your account(s). 

link comment answered Mar 23 '12 at 23:12 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Such constructions are colloquils and avoided in standard or formal writings.

 

It should take verb 'have' as I can recollect my teacher saying so however I never read or heard about any rule for such an expression.

link comment answered Mar 23 '12 at 16:40 Rahul Gupta Expert

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