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    #1

    how to write this correctly?

    Hi,

    Could someone clarify this for me please. How would I write the following sentence And why:

    I doubt that majority of the population of this forum understand english, and thus we should probably continue in russian

    OR

    I doubt that majority of the population of this forum understandS english, and thus we should probably continue in russian

    Many thanks ahead of time! :)

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    #2

    Re: how to write this correctly?

    Tip for a better thread title: Majority understand/understands.

    You need a or the before 'majority'.

    '...a majority of the population understands English', and '...the majority of the population understand English'.

    'A majority' means 'a greater proportion of people' (singular).

    'The majority' means 'most people' (plural).


    Always capitalise English and Russian.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Aug-2012 at 08:49.

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    #3

    Re: how to write this correctly?

    Hi there,

    I doubt if "population" is the most approproate term for people in the forum. I would say "members" instead, for instance.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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