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Manhattan SC Doubts
by A P - Tuesday, 25 May 2010, 10:34 PM
  This is a sample question from "Subject Verb Agreement in Action" part of the guide:

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

As per the guide the above mentioned statement is grammatically correct.

M a bit confused: shouldn't it be - A majority of railway commuters read or listen to music while travelling.

Please explain.
Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by Total Gadha - Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 12:17 AM
  Commuters has been taken as a collective noun I believe. 
Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by A P - Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 09:09 PM
  Thank You TG!
Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by Rajat Chandna - Sunday, 30 May 2010, 10:21 PM
  Well, I my view "A majority of commuters" should be treated as plural subject and not as a singular one.
I think this construction goes on the same lines as:

A number of X

For Example:

A majority of students in my class ARE hard working.
>> Here are we are emphasizing on individuals inside a group.

Majority can also be treated as a collective noun in situations in which we are emphasizing on the whole group and not individual activities.
>> The majority IS always right.  
>> A congressial majority IS ....etc

Please correct me if I am wrong.

Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by Kumar Abhishek - Tuesday, 1 June 2010, 12:52 PM

Hi all...

A majority of the, a large percentage of the, two thirds of the, some of the, etc. are known as 'determiner phrases'. The rule for such determiner phrases is that the 'determined' determines the verb, i.e.

A majority of the CARS were parked outside.

A majority of the PARLIAMENT is  against the motion.

A large percentage of the VOTERS are going to vote for him.

Two-thirds of my WORK remains  unfinished.

Two-thirds of the PRISONERS are missing.

Some of the MILK has  been sold.

Some of the GIRLS are at work.

Hence, "A majority of COMMUTERS read or listen......."


Hope it helps...

Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by A P - Friday, 4 June 2010, 08:35 PM
  Which means that the answer give in Manhattan SC guide is possibly incorrect...right?
Re: Manhattan SC Doubts
by Jeevak Gupta - Saturday, 5 June 2010, 10:29 AM
Which Manhattan are you reading???????/

My Manhattan does not mentions any of such bhasad.. It specifically mentions NUMERICAL WORDS like MAJORITY, MINORITY, PLURALITY can be either SINGULAR or PLURAL depending on their context

The majority of the students in this class ARE hard workers
The student majority IS opposed to the death penalty

@ Kumar Sir: Thanks a lot for elaborating