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12 Jun 2010, 22:40
Ahhhh...finally,i find someone who thinks as i do. Yeah, how can "the majority" take plural verb????
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10 Sep 2010, 08:20
Actually I think that in B, the sentence is referring to the totality (The majority), more than to the many individual parts of that majority (students), so I'm still confused and I indeed support The majority of students IS.
Could anybody clarify?
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02 Jan 2011, 09:15
(B)

A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing --> Women are not expected to be the majority of students
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place
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02 Jan 2011, 12:22
vraptor wrote:
(B)

A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing --> Women are not expected to be the majority of students
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

Why do you put "It" in red in D and E? Because they dont have antecedent? They are It Placeholders: they stand without antecedent.

Thoughts on that?

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15 Mar 2011, 15:54
+1 B

If you want to refer to each individual in that majority, you have to use ARE.

If you want to refer to that majority as a whole, use IS.
For example: The majority of the congress is conformed by Republicans.

I think that "it" in D and E is not wrong. I eliminated D because I think that the meaning in B is better. "Ultimately" refers to something in the future.
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15 Mar 2011, 20:00
tkarthi4u wrote:
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing . I go with A.
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place. A little wordy
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place. Which modifies women
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing. ( expect to is the correct idiom)
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place. Which modifies fall

OA should be B.. to my knowledge "a trend....." is a summative modifier, and should be followed by "that"
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16 Mar 2011, 06:20
This question appeared on the GMAT prep. The OA is B

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/wom ... t1862.html
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26 Oct 2011, 06:25
Why D is wrong?

I already ask this question in the manhantant forum and beatthegmat forum, and get no full explanation.

in D, "trend placing" is correct because "trend placing" mean

"trend that will place"
"trend that place"
"trend that is placing"
any tense.

that is why "placing" is called non definite. This means no time.

any one know why D is wrong, pls, speak. thank you.
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26 Oct 2011, 07:05
+1 for B.

The intent of the sentence is to say that if the the trend (Women majority) continues, in future we will see more women up top... Intent has to be future.

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20 Nov 2011, 22:59
bibha wrote:
oopsss i got it. It can be plural
According to manh SC guide, if one mean the many individual parts of the totality then use a plural verb....for example :" the majority of the students ARE..."

If one means the totality itself then use singular verb . eg " the student majority IS....

Nice explanation ! thanks
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10 Dec 2012, 11:00
noboru wrote:
Actually I think that in B, the sentence is referring to the totality (The majority), more than to the many individual parts of that majority (students), so I'm still confused and I indeed support The majority of students IS.
Could anybody clarify?

"Majority" is plural as in this question but in some cases it can be singular. I am sure the majority IS with me.
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24 Jul 2013, 23:17
hey noboru,

i'll help u on this.

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 then use a singular verb form.

The majority of the students in this class ARE hard workers.(plural)
In the Senate, the majorjty HAS coalesced into a unified voting block.(singular)

hope it helps.
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25 Jul 2013, 17:07
Options with which are out because which has to refer to noun before it. Out of the remaining option, if you think about it a trend is something that occurs in future. Hence B is the most appropriate answer.
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23 Sep 2013, 07:05
noboru wrote:
Actually I think that in B, the sentence is referring to the totality (The majority), more than to the many individual parts of that majority (students), so I'm still confused and I indeed support The majority of students IS.
Could anybody clarify?

IMO 'The majority of' is used as plural in this case. It is like saying 51% of students are...
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02 Oct 2013, 12:15
B for me.

A is clearly out "Woman are expected" --> sing noun plural verb
D and E are too wordy for me.
Between B and C: C is eliminated due to Which modifying woman.
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02 Oct 2013, 19:44
noboru wrote:
In B, the subject is "The majority of students", which is singular. So how can it be "The majority of students are??
Thanks,

"of students" is not part of the subject. The majority is the subject and requires a plural verb because there will be men in law school too---not just women.
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05 Oct 2013, 21:14
"The Majority of Students" is similar to " The number of Students" , in this case, we take the subject from the pre-position "of Students", hence plural verb - an exceptinal case according to MGMAT SC. Unlike "A number of Students" or which should be singular verb.

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08 Oct 2013, 22:32
ugimba wrote:
Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing more women in leadership position in politics and business.
A Women are expected to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, a trend ultimately placing
B The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, a trend that will ultimately place
C The majority of students entering law school this fall are expected to be women, which will ultimately place
D It is expected that the majority of students entering law school this fall will be women, a trend ultimately placing
E It is expected for the women to be the majority of students entering law school this fall, which will ultimately place

here is my reasoning. I will go with B.
A: Women are -->plural refer to majority of students which is not correct. Also in second clause has a missing verb. placing is not a verb.
B. majority is referred to women which agrees with SV quantity. 2nd phrase has a subject that has a verb place.
C. which refers to woman but its the trend not more women entering law school--a trend that will place women in leadership positions.
D. it is expected that --> wordy and nonsense
E. what is expected from women?

so for me logical answer is B. Whats the OA?
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26 Oct 2013, 21:42
According to another forum the source of this question is GMAT Prep and the OA is B.

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/women-are-expected-to-be-the-majority-t1862.html
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24 Nov 2013, 06:02
noboru wrote:
Actually I think that in B, the sentence is referring to the totality (The majority), more than to the many individual parts of that majority (students), so I'm still confused and I indeed support The majority of students IS.
Could anybody clarify?

I'm also certain the answer is B. The majority in this case can take a plural verb. We need THAT before placing in the second part of the sencence. So between A,B, and D, B is the only one that makes sense.

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