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Post time 2005-3-4 14:20:27 |Display all floors
Iused have, but the spelling check feature in the computer tole me it should be has.  (This is a wrong sentence right?)

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Post time 2005-3-4 19:11:14 |Display all floors

The staff has....

Staff is a used as a collective noun here.

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Post time 2005-3-5 05:03:00 |Display all floors

In British English, the following sentence is perfectly correct:

The staff in this shop are very helpful.

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Post time 2005-3-5 07:41:46 |Display all floors

The staff has/have ....

Both are correct.

It depends on whether you are referring to the staff collectively or to the individual staff.

If you are referring to the staff as a group, you say the staff *have* ....

If you are referring to the individual staff, then it is *has*.

The same goes for the word "police".

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