There has/have been consequences

"There has to be consequences, and that can take various forms,” said Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.). “Clearly impeachment has its own consequences, and we recognize that we don’t want to impact the Biden administration. And we want to ensure that whatever we pursue can be achieved.”

Should it be " There have" instead?



Yes, you need the plural form ‘have’.


Alan, we consider the word THERE here to be a DUMMY subject. And we teach our students that this subject will take a singular or plural verb depending on the number of the noun that follows it. Are we on the right track?

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I agree. In other words you reverse the sentence as here - consequences have been (in existence)


Thank you, Alan, for confirming the position and adding more to it.

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