'The majority was/were in favour of banning smoking.'── quoted from Oxford Learners' Dictionaries.
Having read the above, I think both singular and plural verbs are correct.
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Hi! I have a sentence in my essay: "The majority of agreements concluded nowadays are/is governed by standardized terms". Shall I use is or are in this case? I'm confused whether the verb refers more to "majority" (then is) or to the word "agreements" (then are).
In cases when we have "some of/a lot of/a majority of/all of", the subject-verb agreement depends on the noun after "of". In your sentence, the noun is in the plural.
"The majority of agreements concluded nowadays are..."
Last edited by kilroy65; 12-Jul-2016 at 16:56. Reason: Incorrect capitalisation
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