Monday, January 16, 2012

Majority are vs. Majority is

Happy new year! I hope the majority of you are enjoying 2012.

Or is that "majority is enjoying"?

A dear friend who battles with colleagues on grammar asked for clarification recently. Here's what I wrote:

Majority can take a singular or plural verb; it depends on the context. If a group is acting as a whole, then it would be singular, such as "the majority of council members has voted in favor." But if they are acting as individuals, then it would be plural. Such as: "the majority of my readers are enjoying the new year".

"(i) am the new majority" T-shirt available here.


  1. Excellent!

    Hope you are having a wonderful 2012. Any pups on your horizon???

  2. Hi Creek! Great to hear from you. Happy new year.
    No pup yet, but I'm certainly thinking about it.
    Hope you and Mabel are doing great.


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