If something is true of the majority of the people or things in a group, it is true of more than half of them.
The majority of students in the class will go on to study at college.
In the majority of cases, the illness can be treated successfully.
When the majority is not followed by ‘of’, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after it.
The majority is still undecided about which way to vote.
The majority were in favour of the proposal.
However, when you use the majority of followed by a plural noun or pronoun, you must use a plural form of a verb after it.
The majority of cars on the road have only one person in them.
Don't use ‘the majority’ when you are talking about an amount of something or part of something. Don't say, for example, ‘The majority of the forest has been cut down’. Say ‘Most of the forest has been cut down’.
Most of the food was good.
Katya did most of the work.
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