a confusing grammar question?

Can somebody tell me why the first sentence uses a plural verb, while the second a singular. 1 A majority of the committee have signed their names to the report.2 A majority of the jury thinks that the defendant is guilty. tHX

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    First sentence is wrong, it should be a singular verb.

    A majority of the committee HAS signed....is what it should be. It's called a collective noun.

    Daniel M is wrong, he says "a committee has individual peices ie plural"

    If it's plural, why doesn't Daniel use the word HAVE instead of HAS? Doesn't make sense.

    Anyway, the subject ot each sentence is the same: majority. Takes a singular verb.

  • 1 decade ago

    a committee has individual peices ie plural. same for jury. you need to pay attention to what you are applying tense and plurality to in order to construct a good sentance.

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