Majority Do or Does vs. Majority Do Not or Does Not?

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Yesterday Cecilia Kang reported in the Business section of The Washington Post that, “The majority of American teens own a smartphone.”  The statement raises two questions: Does “majority” take a singular or plural verb form? Is Cecilia correct? I have to admit that the first question perplexes me.  The my ears, “the majority of teens […]

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Sharing Infidelity

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For many members of Generation X – Americans born between 1961 and 1981 – “sharing” often has a negative connotation.  Sharing sexual partners spread HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.  So did sharing needles.  In the 1990s and 2000s, we learned that sharing ideas leads to lawsuits and lost fortunes. So it is of little […]

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Taking the gamble out of Chatroulette.

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“Now he’s waggling his tongue at me and taking off his shirt.”  It’s not what you expect to hear when you tune in to NPR, but today Robin Young, the host of Here & Now, was describing her experience with Chatroulette, a Web site that randomly links users with active webcams, live. Here is how […]

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