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Hi there, I'm a little confused with the Subject over here.
A majority of commuters reads or listens to music while traveling.
"A majority of commuters" is singular or plural? Kindly, explain.
"The majority of the students" in the class ARE hard workers. "The majority of the students" == Plural
Also, The student majority IS opposed to the punishment. "The student majority"== Singular
So, I think "A majority of commuters" should be Plural?
"Many words that mean a group of things — total, majority, and number, for example — can be singular or plural. Sometimes they mean the group acting as a whole, sometimes the members of a group.
"As with the other two-faced words, ask yourself whether you are thinking of the whole or the parts. A little hint: The before the word (the total, the majority) is usually a tip-off that it's singular; while a (a total, a number), especially when of comes after, usually indicates a plural.
The words majority, minority and plurality are either singular or plural, depending on their context. If you want to indicate the many individual parts of the totality, use a plural verb. If you want to indicate the totality itself, use a singular verb. In the first instance, we are talking of majority as a whole that does some common function. Since we are talking of the majority as a whole, a singular verb is to be used. In the second case, we are talking of the many students or the strength of individual students. It makes for a case for plural verb. _________________
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