Singular or Plural
The following sentences are correct, and they illustrate the uses of singular or plural verbs in some common expressions:
e.g. Fifty dollars is a lot of money to me (amount).
e.g. Two weeks of vacation is not enough (time).
e.g. One of the tables was badly damaged in the storm.
e.g. All coming and going after midnight is not allowed (a single idea).
e.g. A number of books were checked out (many).
e.g. The number of students present was great (the figure).
e.g. The greater part of the land was cultivated.
e.g. The greater part of the oranges were bad.
e.g. More than one student was involved.
e.g. Screaming and shouting was heard even inside the house. (a single idea)
Majority is often confusing: it efers to number, not to the amount or quantity.
e.g. The majority of the people were women. (correct)
e.g. The majority of the eggs were bad. (correct)
e.g. The majority of the butter was bad. (incorrect)
e.g. Most of the butter was bad. (correct)
Compare the following:
e.g. The majority of children like sweets. (some do not like)
e.g. Most children like sweets. (children in general like sweets)
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