Partitive expressions 

The expressions half of and none (of) may take either a singular or a plural verb when the noun they modify is countable. Otherwise, the verb must be singular.

Exemple correcte None of our graduates has had problems getting a grant for further studies.


Exemple correcte None of our graduates have had problems getting a grant for further studies.


The expression the majority (of) takes a plural verb if the following noun is a collection of individuals.

Exemple correcte The majority of our graduates have had no problem getting a grant for further studies.


When a number (of) means several, it takes a plural verb.

Exemple correcte A number of applications are still to come.


Meanwhile, the number (of) takes a singular verb.

Exemple correcte The number of applications is small.
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Recommended citation:
«Partitive expressions» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <http://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2424> [consulta: 23 setembre 2021].