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Feb 16 2010   3:17PM GMT

Is majority plural or singular?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
A majority of CIOs ___ either using or considering SaaS products.
a. is
b. are

Answer: b

By itself, majority is singular but if it’s linked to a group, as above, use the plural form.

The Economist has more information about collective nouns.

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