plural or singular verb

JaapB2Kwiziq community member

plural or singular verb

I believe there is an error in the sentence: "mais la majorite des parents inscrivent leurs enfants.

La majority is singular, hence the verb should be "inscrit"

Right?

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jaap, 

Although 'la majorité de ',  just as,  'la plupart de', are collective nouns meaning a great quantity, it makes more sense to agree the verb with the complement, parents in this instance.  It is the parents who register their children at school, not the majority. Sometimes, you will be able to use the singular or the plural depending on whether the stress is on the collective noun or its complement.

La plupart des gens votent quand on leur demande = Most people vote when they are asked to

La majorité des Français a / ont voté pour Emmanuel Macron = The majority of French people voted for E M

La majorité d'entre eux a / ont voté pour Macron = The majority of them voted for Macron 

You will even have sentences without complement but as they are implied, the plural will be used -

La plupart sont arrivés à l'heure = Most of them arrived on time

So no, there's no error in the text.

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Jaap,

I read it as "la majorité (of les) = des parents" ......    Therefore inscrivent is correct (Ils / Elles )

The point is (of LES) parents.......

Do you agree?

Alan (Jim)

plural or singular verb

I believe there is an error in the sentence: "mais la majorite des parents inscrivent leurs enfants.

La majority is singular, hence the verb should be "inscrit"

Right?

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