They have vs. they has — which version is correct?
Which form of the verb to have goes with the pronoun they? The answer to this question is not as obvious as it would seem at first glance. Have a closer look at this case and decide whether they have or they has is the correct form.
They has or they have — why it’s not so simple
You may find it surprising, but both they have and they has are correct conjugations of the verb to have. In fact, they has been used both as a singular and plural generic pronoun for centuries. The examples can be found even in the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare, so it can hardly be said that this conjugation is some recent evolution of the English language. The fact that the pronoun they can be relevant for singular and plural should not be this shocking. Don’t we have singular and plural pronouns for you?
When do we use they has?
There are situations when we can use they has. Firstly, this version applies when we talk about a person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant. They has is used also in the case of people who identify themselves as non-binary.
Singular they in literary tradition
Every one must judge according to their own feelings.
Lord Byron, Werner, 1823
Everybody has a secret world inside of them.
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol.5, 1992
People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847