It may result in an awkward sound to us, but the subject is majority, and therefore s/b singular (not to be confused with "children," which is the object of the prepositional phrase, "of children," and does not affect the verb's conjugation.Oros said:Children is plural. So the majority of children naturally falls into the plural category, as far as I am concerned.
I'm with you. And I'm always likely to favor what sounds better over what the rules suggest.timpeac said:Hmm, not sure of rules on this, I can only say what I would say, which would be -
None is exempt from the law, but
None of the children are happy.
"None of the men is happy" sounds as strange to me as "the majority of men is happy".
Yeah, even I got that. But CHILDREN is not technically the SUBJECT. The reason it deserved any conversation at all is because that might not be all there is to it.jess oh seven said:it's ARE because CHILDREN is plural.
Haha, you should say thank you rather to Elroy, I just copied the address.lsp said:Brilliant summary! I was lost actually in what I thought were contradictions in II through VI, and then there was VII! Magic! I can't thank you enough. Years of doubt explained away by one simple doc. I do not exaggerate! Thanks, Who (and elroy)!
That's exactly what I didn't understand in the other thread. "The rest are ..." looks totally wrong to me, while "It's the subjects that ..." looks even more strange to me.Still seems daunting, even for a native-speaker, that English has some gray areas that allow one subject to have two correct sounding verbs associated with it in one sentence: "The majority of men, which is considered anything over 50%, are happy."
To me too, but foreign speakers need to try to find a rule to stick to, because they do not have the "native ear" to tell them instinctively what is right and what is wrong (and even natives can sometimes be mistaken, or at least for some reason not instinctively vote for "accepted" usage).jess oh seven said:well, to me, "the majority of children is educated..." just sounds silly, but hey.
I did, but I will again. Thanks, Elroy!Whodunit said:Haha, you should say thank you rather to Elroy, I just copied the address.
Not sure I grasp the question, but let me try this...Whodunit said:Either I lost you somewhere or your sentence should be "The majority of men, which are considered anything over 50%, are happy." Because otherwise it makes even less sense than with only ONE "are", now with a "is" in between?
In Italian it would be singular also in this case. It leads me to think that once upon a time it would have been less controversial and also singular in English.Whodunit said:To my German ear it doesn't. Because it's natural German to use the singular verb in such a case.