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In this sentence below do I use "have" honored or "has" honored?

Since 1985, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association have honored the memory of Harold J. "Duke" Ellington's love and devotion to the swimming pool industry
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I just got my Swan back from a friend and here's what he has to say about these group words.

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Michael Swan; Practical English Usage:

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1 groups of people

In British English, singular words like family, team, government, which refer to groups of people, can be used with either singular or plural verbs and pronouns.

The team is/are going to lose.

Plural forms are common when the group is considered as a collection of people doing personal things like deciding, hoping, or wanting. Singular forms are more common when the group is seen as an impersonal unit.
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I agree with what you suggest abbie.
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I too would plump for 'has'; both because the 'association' is honouring Duke as an entity, and because 'honoring' in any case suggests a non-BrE context.

MrP
You put ducks in the trash heap?
AnonymousYou put ducks in the trash heap?
I've no idea why you ask, Anon; but no, I don't – though purely because my local council requires local residents to dispose of all superfluous livestock in black plastic bin bags.

(If I had my way, I'd pile 'em high.)

MrP
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You need not use either. Take "have" out and read it. Tell me what you think. Have is present. Has is past. But in this case you are naming a specific time in the past, so simply "honored" which is already indicative of the past, will do.
There is only one association, which is the word "has" is modifying.
"has," because "association" is a single entity even though it is made up of many people. Just like a corporation.
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The grammar, perhaps, but the American accent is the most "authentic" English accent, having its roots in the Elizabethan era, with the exception of the Noo Yawk accent, which is a bizarre combination of Elizabethan English and "Elizabethan" Dutch. -- JCV
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