Majority and Minority

When majority/minority mean an unspecified number and is not followed by a plural noun more often a singular verb is used:
  1. The majority holds no strong views.
  2. A small minority indicates it supports the proposal.
  3. Majority vote of 75% is required from shareholders for the plan to go ahead.
  4. When majority/minority mean a specific percentage, you may use either a singular or a plural verb:
  5. A 75% majority have/has voted against the measure.
  6. A 10% minority are/is opposed to the measure.
  7. When majority/minority refers to a specified set of persons, use a plural verb:
  8. A majority of Canadians have voted for change.
  9. A minority of the students are willing to pay more.
  10. The majority of my patients come to me from out of town…
  11. The vast majority of our cheeses are made with pasteurized milk.
  12. The majority of people interviewed prefer TV to radio.
  13. The majority of holiday flights depart and arrive on schedule.
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