Monday, January 16, 2012
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".
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