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    Majority

    1-A majority of the students is/are absent today.

    2- The majority of the people is/are against this proposal.

    3- Majority is/are illiterate in the third world countries.


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    Re: Majority

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    1-A majority of the students is/are absent today.

    2- The majority of the people is/are against this proposal.

    If what follows 'of' is a plural noun, the plural form of the verb is normally used - 'are'

    3- The Mmajority is/are illiterate in the third world. countries. We are referring to people/inhabitants/adults/etc, plural nouns 'are'.
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    Re: Majority

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    Sorry. Not clear. Where will the singular form of the verb (is, was, has) will be used?

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    Re: Majority

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    Sorry. Not clear. Where will the singular form of the verb (is, was, has) will be used?
    The government was defeated by a majority of 25. The majority was smaller than expected.

    Here the speaker was probably thinking of a (singular) figure.

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