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    Lightbulb "The Majority" or "A majority" + Plural/singular verb?????

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    hii all,

    kindly help me in getting answers to these:

    The majority of students is/are smart.
    The majority of physics students is/are smart.

    A majority of students is/are smart.
    A majority of physics students is/are smart.

    A majority of railway commuters reads or listens to music while traveling.
    The majority of railway commuters reads or listens to music while traveling.

    IS THE USE OF VERB FORM SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE USE OF ARTICLES "A" OR "THE"...PRETTY MUCH CONFUSED

    KINDLY HELP IN GETTING THESE SUBJECT - VERB AGREEMENT ANSWERS.


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    APOORVA

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    The numerical words "majority" can be plural or singular. When they refer to a group of people they are singular. Else you need to see the context. If you are using individual parts of the totality use plural - source Manhattan GMAT


    eg. The majority IS (singular) opposed to the decision

    In the ones you cite
    The majority of students is/are smart.
    I would go with "are" The majority of students is plURAL

    The majority of physics students is/are smart.
    Same as above


    Incorrect: The majority of railway commuters reads or listens to music while traveling.
    Again it should be plural hence

    Correct: The majority of railway commuters read or listen to music while traveling.

    A majority of, also takes plural verb.
    eg. A majority of students AGREE with ....
    So in your case
    A majority of students is/are smart.

    although idiomatically, I would prefer The majority of students

    A majority of railway commuters READ or LISTEN to music while traveling.

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    thanks a ton buddy..
    well one more thing can u please tell me where can i locate the GMAT CR bible on the net for free downlosd

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    It is on ensips.com. Just do a search for GMAT CR bible. You should see a pdf by lehang. I downloaded it some days back. I think that stuff is for someone who wants to do a PhD in CR

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    new point here

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    agree with flex on the majority question

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    hey everbody is after that CR buble ........whats that ..........does it really helps.............
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    i have just downloaded it...havent gone thru it..looks like a phd book on CR as rightly said by flex

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    Quote Originally Posted by flex_manny View Post
    A majority of railway commuters READ or LISTEN to music while traveling.
    That example is from Manhattan SC and their correct answer for the sentence above is actually "singular verb form":

    A majority of railway commuters READS and LISTENS to music while traveling.

    I do agree with Manhattan's answer, as I believe "a majority" means the totality itself.

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