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IBM have/has acknowledged that not everyone uses DB2.

which one is right?

There are two boys,one was born in 1985, another was born in 1986.

the latter two parts are the same in stuctures. how to express this sentence in a simple way.

Thank you.
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<IBM have/has acknowledged that not everyone uses DB2.

which one is right?>

Both are. If you see IBM as an entity (it), use "has". If you see IBM as a group of individuals (they), use "have".
<There are two boys,one was born in 1985, another was born in 1986.>

There are two boys, one born in 1985, the other in 1986.
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an australian people told me:

"i think have is used to say one aspect, while has you present more info. because the company has more to offer..." so she thought has is right.

is what she said right?
IBM have/has acknowledged that not everyone uses DB2.
  1. Contexts will differ. You can't say, for example, 'IBM have departments all over the world'. Conversely, 'IBM have acknowledged...' sounds better, since it's the personnel, the people, who express their attitude.
The rule as taught used to be:
It has. They have.
A corporation or institution is an 'it', so:
'The corporation has ...' 'Parliament has ...'

These days, most people find it more natural to think of
organizations as groups of people, so:
'Parliament have ...'

You will find that the BBC uses 'have' mostly.
It is not a lowering of standards, as some people say.
It is an adoption of global English standards of common useage.
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IBM have/has acknowledged that not everyone uses DB2.
  1. Contexts will differ. You can't say, for example, 'IBM have departments all over the world'. Conversely, 'IBM have acknowledged...' sounds better, since it's the personnel, the people, who express their attitude.
You are giving an example of two different uses of "have".

Exactly. That's what I wanted to do.
I think there may be some variation between BrE and AmE in this - only the singular sounds right to me.
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