"Das Paar hat einen Sohn."

Translation:The couple has a son.

December 29, 2012



I think "The pair have a son" is acceptable English. It's what I would say, rather than "has a son".

December 29, 2012


I would agree you might say "the couple have a son" not sure about a pair though.

January 7, 2013


I would agree with "the couple have a son" - any obvious reason it's not valid?

February 6, 2013


I would say "the couple has a son" because you are referring to the couple as a unit, not the individual members. (Think "The crowd chants", not "The crowd chant".) "The couple have sons" would make sense (you can think of each member of the couple having a son), but even that is a stretch.

June 10, 2014


Guess it depends on context! "The combo of female, deadpan drummer and drawling guitar-singer has been heavily imitated since, but certainly stood out when their album launched. The pair have a son together, but their relationship is now firmly artistic."

Generally agree though.

September 3, 2013


It's a difference I've noticed between American English and British English. In Am-Eng a noun that denotes a group is often treated as a singular entity, so the verb is conjugated accordingly. But Br-Eng will conjugate the verb as a plural, reflecting the multiple "parts" that make up the noun.

Ex, American English: -The council has announced... -The family has made...

Ex, British English: -The council have announced... -The family have made...

February 2, 2014


I just want to clarify my understanding. So, in this quiz, the English phrase "the couple has..." refers to American English, doesn't it?

December 29, 2014


"Pair" is singular.

January 19, 2014


I am American and went the other route but this should certainly be accepted

September 3, 2013


What's wrong with HAVE not HAS?

February 12, 2013


sing.: couple plural: couples so couple is 3rd person singular. Nevertheless I think "That couple" shall be correct as well instead of "the couple"

May 17, 2013


I suggest, 'the couple have a son' or 'the pair have a son'.

May 12, 2019
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