Majority/minority: is or are?
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We asked which form of the verb should go in each of the blank spaces.
1. A sizable majority __________(feel/ feels).
2. A sizable majority of teachers ___________(feel/ feels) .
3. Of those who use an on-line service, the vast majority _______(go/goes)
It sounds better to my ears to use the plural when the 'feelers' are
identified (teachers, in this case). When they are not identified-when
they are a group (vast majority, sizable majority)-the singular sounds
better to me.
It's all the same! Like "The government/police/team, etc. has/have
made an important decision." Depends on whether you know the people
concerned, have-or want to create-an emotional link with them, and whether
you want to consider them as individuals etc. Think about, e.g., "The
team enjoys training activities" vs. "The team enjoy their training
activities." Am I wrong? Let me know.
[From The Grammar Exchange team:
Indeed, the majority of our group agree with Dace, and think the verbs
should be (1) feels, (2) feel, (3)