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The majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students, seems to oppose the new campus private policy.

A. seems to oppose
B. seems to be opposed against
C. seem to be opposed against
D. seems to be opposed to
E. seem to oppose
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"A majority" can be either singular or plural, depending on the intended meaning/emphasis. I might say "The majority rules" (singular) or "The majority of my friends are Democrats" (plural). Clearly, I can't say "The majority of my friends is a Democrat" or "is Democrats"!

In the original question, the use of the singular seems inappropriate, as if the author believes that "majority" is always singular and didn't consider the meaning. I don't see any reason to view the majority as one body in this case.
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the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students, seems to oppose the new campus private policy.

A.seems to oppose
B. seems to be opposed against
C seem to be opposed against
D seems to be opposed to
E seem to oppose


“The majority” is the noun which must agree with the verb. GMAT considers majority to be a singular noun. Not all literarians would agree with this, however we must play by their rules.
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Hi chesstitans,

Thank you for your question. Let's start by figuring out what is different about each answer, and tackling one thing at a time. Here is what I noticed when looking over each answer quickly:

1. seem vs. seems
2. to oppose / to be opposed against / to be opposed to

If we look at the issue of "seem vs. seems," it's clearly a matter of subject/verb agreement. The verb is referring back to "The majority," which is a singular noun (a "majority" of anything is called a collective noun, and is treated like one thing). So we need to stick with only answers that use the singular "seems." This means we can rule out answers C & E because they use a plural verb, which is incorrect.

Now, let's look at what we have left in answers A, B, & D:

A. seems to oppose
This answer is CORRECT because it's the most clear and concise answer.

B. seems to be opposed against
"Opposed" and "against" mean the same thing, so this answer is INCORRECT because it's redundant. You only need to say one or the other - both is too much!

D. seems to be opposed to
This is incorrect because it's overly wordy. Just saying "oppose" is enough.

There you go - answer A is correct because it uses proper subject-verb agreement, and it's not overly wordy or redundant.
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Hi Experts! I think the OA is wrong here. The majority of + Plural Noun needs a Plural verb.

Can you please help? thanks!
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this is very awkward , I chose E as majority is a plural . Alas GMAT considers it to be singular. Back to cave now :|
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Correct answer (E)

Here "the majority of the professors" is referring to the individuals rather than the majority (as a group).
Then, professors is plural --> "The majority of the professors" is a plural subject

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-The additive phrase "As well as" never makes the subject plural. Only the word "and" can change a singular subject into a plural one.
- Remember, singular subjects followed by additive phrases remain singular subjects:
- Additive phrases: along with, accompanied by, in addition to, together with, as well as, including..
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Experts, can anyone of you throw some light on the use of "Majority" in the question?


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Shouldn't the correct choice be E. I don't see any reason to consider "the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students" singular


Hey itisSheldon / prateek176 ,

This is a poor quality question and should not be given so much importance.

As clearly mentioned by DmitryFarber here, the usage of the majority is inapproriate.

Answer to this question should be E.
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chesstitans wrote:
the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students, seems to oppose the new campus private policy.

A.seems to oppose
B. seems to be opposed against
C seem to be opposed against
D seems to be opposed to
E seem to oppose


The correct answer here is A. Here is the reason why. "as well as" "in addition to" does not add plural meaning to the sentence. The subject of the sentences is "The majority" which is singular and hence the verb should also be singular "Seems" is the singular verb.

A.seems to oppose - Correct
B. seems to be opposed against - too wordy
C seem to be opposed against - opposite/against synonyms
D seems to be opposed to - "to be" infinitive
E seem to oppose[/quote] - plural verb "seem"
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chesstitans wrote:
the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students, seems to oppose the new campus private policy.

A. seems to oppose
B. seems to be opposed against
C seem to be opposed against
D seems to be opposed to
E seem to oppose

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chesstitans wrote:
the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students, seems to oppose the new campus private policy.

A.seems to oppose
B. seems to be opposed against
C seem to be opposed against
D seems to be opposed to
E seem to oppose


Can anyone please explain why is the infinitive wrong in option D?
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this is very awkward , I chose E as majority is a plural . Alas GMAT considers it to be singular. Back to cave now :|


That is not true. 'Majority of' is not always singular.
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"A majority" can be either singular or plural, depending on the intended meaning/emphasis. I might say "The majority rules" (singular) or "The majority of my friends are Democrats" (plural). Clearly, I can't say "The majority of my friends is a Democrat" or "is Democrats"!

In the original question, the use of the singular seems inappropriate, as if the author believes that "majority" is always singular and didn't consider the meaning. I don't see any reason to view the majority as one body in this case.


Hi DmitryFarber,

Doesn't "as well as Graduate Students" make the subject Plural here. Yes, "A majority" can be either singular or plural, depending on the intended meaning but the usage of "as well as Graduate Students" makes it plural.

Can you please verify if my understanding is right.
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The OA does not seem to be right.

A majority of students are going for the match. Here "majority" acts as a quantity prepositional phrase.
The majority has won the election. Here the "majority" acts as a collective noun.

Why is the subject considered singular in this sentence? This is confusing!
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DmitryFarber wrote:
"A majority" can be either singular or plural, depending on the intended meaning/emphasis. I might say "The majority rules" (singular) or "The majority of my friends are Democrats" (plural). Clearly, I can't say "The majority of my friends is a Democrat" or "is Democrats"!

In the original question, the use of the singular seems inappropriate, as if the author believes that "majority" is always singular and didn't consider the meaning. I don't see any reason to view the majority as one body in this case.


Hi DmitryFarber,

Doesn't "as well as Graduate Students" make the subject Plural here. Yes, "A majority" can be either singular or plural, depending on the intended meaning but the usage of "as well as Graduate Students" makes it plural.

Can you please verify if my understanding is right.



-The additive phrase "As well as" never makes the subject plural. Only the word "and" can change a singular subject into a plural one.
- Remember, singular subjects followed by additive phrases remain singular subjects:
- Additive phrases: along with, accompanied by, in addition to, together with, as well as, including..
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Shouldn't the correct choice be E. I don't see any reason to consider "the majority of the professors at the college, as well as all the graduate students" singular
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rahul16singh28 The "as well as" portion doesn't affect the subject. As zamiraolortegui, adding a phrase on doesn't change the singular/plural nature of the subject. A quick rule of thumb is that if something is set off by commas, it is probably modifying rather than joining on to the noun.
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