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# The majority of patrons of the local library, though

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23 May 2012, 23:21
noboru wrote:
The majority of patrons of the local library, though enthusiastic about a new book mobile service, is unable, or either unwilling , to volunteer time to staff it.

A is unable, or either unwilling
B is either unable or unwilling
C are unable, or either unwilling
D are either unable or unwilling
E are unable or unwilling, either way

Basically...singular or plural, what is your take?

Hi, I have question regarding the comma in front of "to volunteer.

If D is correct, we will have the sentence as:
The majority of patrons of the local library, though enthusiastic about a new book mobile service, are either unable or unwilling, to volunteer time to staff it

Now, it looks kinda weird to have the comma before "to volunteer", doesn't it?
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16 Feb 2016, 22:30
Using plural/singular is not so simple in this type of sentence.

The majority of patrons... blah blah blah... unwilling.

Comparing it to

The number of women is decreasing, you might be confused.. so don't!!!

In the second case, the number is the subject... the number is decreasing.

But in the first case, we are not talking about the majority, we are talking about the patrons. Here the majority is an adjective, not the subject.
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26 May 2016, 01:53
Opiton A and B is out because "the majority of patrons" is plural
According to the structure, either X or Y, only D remains.
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19 Jul 2017, 11:30
Expert,

In gmat , the majority of patrons is considered as singular or plural.
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21 Jul 2017, 02:00
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Expert,

In gmat , the majority of patrons is considered as singular or plural.

The word "majority" can be considered either a singular or a plural:

1. When used as a collective noun, the word is always singular - e.g., The majority agrees to his view.

2. When used as a number word (similar to fractions/ percentages), the word takes up the number of the associated noun:
2a. The majority of the pizza IS eaten. (Pizza singular, hence majority singular - compare with: Half of the Pizza IS eaten.)
2b. The majority of the pizza slices ARE eaten. ( Slices plural, hence majority plural - compare with: Half of the Pizza slices ARE eaten.)

Thus "majority of patrons" must be plural, because "patrons" is plural. (ref. 2b above.)
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21 Aug 2019, 02:13
1st split is/are patrons plural - should be plural - A,B- out
2nd split either... or... C, E - out

Re: The majority of patrons of the local library, though   [#permalink] 21 Aug 2019, 02:13

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