are or is?

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Mad-ox

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hi world,

Which verb do I have to use in the following sentence:

The majority of the class is/are having the same problem.



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hi world,

Which verb do I have to use in the following sentence:

The majority of the class is/are having the same problem.



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“Majority” is one of those words that can be either singular or plural. Common sense works pretty well in deciding which. If you mean the word to describe a collection of individuals, then the word should be treated as plural: “The majority of e-mail users are upset about the increase in spam.” If the word is used to describe a collective group, then consider it singular: “A 90% majority is opposed to scheduling the next meeting at 6:00 A.M.”

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Whereas I would probably use "are" since the class consists of x number of pupils and most of those pupils are having a problem.
 
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