Instead, they acted individually and gradually created a majority opinion over time. Although this is probably a surprise, the collective noun adopts the plural verblage even without the plural prepositional phrase (of surgeons or dishes). Thus, the following sentences from The Oxford Guide to Writing on page 768 show the correct use. In the first example, the team will leave tomorrow as a unit. But in the second example, individual team members dress individually. The single team does not wear a large uniform. Click at the bottom of page 2. Reshape the sentence? Honestly, I would try to avoid such fair things for one simple reason: the majority think the plural is wrong. I would respect the rule, but I would incorporate the prepositional sentence so that it resonates in the plural. So I would write: the majority of readers believe that the plural is wrong. To get rid of the problem completely, you can easily rewrite the sentence with a plural noun. Although the following is correct, you might want to rearrange the sentence: here is an incomplete list of collective names: committee, company, clergy, group, family, herd, majority, people, group, and team.

And here are two other examples to make the rule a reality. Each of the following statements is correct: Subject-verb concordance, while seemingly complex, is quite easy to understand once you analyze the sentence and put it on its components to understand the intended meaning. Frequent confusion arises with generic terms such as committee, majority, etc. Anyone who uses a plural bural with a collective must be precise – and consistent too. This should not be done recklessly. Here is the kind of flawed phrase we often see and hear these days: the word that exists, a contraction from there, leads to bad habits in informal sentences as there are many people here today because it is easier, “there are” than “there are”. Make sure you never use a plural theme….