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Can these expressions be used interchangeably? Do they mean exactly the same or is there any subtle difference in meaning?

Most cars run on gasoline.

The majority of cars runs on gasoline.

A majority of cars runs on gasoline.

Thank you.

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  • The majority and A majority both are different due to the articles before them. Most means The majority of
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 6:06
  • Thank you. What is the difference between "the majority of" and "a majority of"?
    – user161917
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 6:59
  • Similar question is available in this site, you can go through.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 7:18
  • I cannot find it.
    – user161917
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 7:41
  • You can google "A majority of vs The majority of", you must find it.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 7:59

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In most contexts, both mean the same thing - more than half.

Traditionally, 'majority' is only used with countable nouns (cars, people etc), whereas you could use 'most' for non-countable nouns (eg "most of the water spilt").

However, like the historic difference between 'fewer' and 'less', the rules are not always strictly obeyed in everyday speech and even in less formal written English. In any case, 'majority' has always been used with percentages, so if you spilt more than 50% of some water you could rightly say the majority of it spilt.

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