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Re: VErb-Subject agreement doubt. [#permalink]
28 Oct 2009, 16:32
I would recommend to pay attention the use of the article right before the word "majority"
When u use "(a) majority", it is acting as a noun in the verb, so we use single verb, while "(the) majority of ..." would often refer to somebody, students, doctors, teachers, etc. It makes us to use plural verbs usually after.
“Majority” is one of those words that can be either singular or plural. Common sense works pretty well in deciding which. If you mean the word to describe a collection of individuals, then the word should be treated as plural: “The majority of e-mail users are upset about the increase in spam.” If the word is used to describe a collective group, then consider it singular: “A 90% majority is opposed to scheduling the next meeting at 6:00 A.M.” If you are uncertain which you mean, then choose whatever form sounds best to you; it's not likely to bother many people.