- The majority of the computer professionals recommends/recommend that effective measures should be taken against software piracy.
Generally I follow thumb rule that "a number of" takes plural and "the number of" takes singular verb. ( I though in same way "the majority" takes singular verb)
But in case of "the majority", I checked on internet and found it can be both singular or plural. But I also find many saying we can apply same rule on "the majority" and "a majority" which make them singular and plural respectively. So I got confused.
So back to my question, What should be correct here? Is it singular or plural here? Can you please elaborate if this rule really exist that use of "a" and "the" make it plural and singular respectively.