Can I put "majority" in front of a noun? I looked up the word "majority " in a dictionary, and it says it is a noun and usually used like "the majority of" or "a majority". But I also found example somewhere else like "majority family" or "majority people". Is it normal for native speakers to use the word in the latter circumstance?
Dec 7, 2017 4:39 AM
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If you look at Mike and Phil's examples, you will see that in those cases," a majority x" means "the x of the majority". If you can use it that way, then it works. Rules, votes and opinions are things that a majority of people can have. Your examples "majority family" and "majority people" don't work like that as far as I can see. Just because you found them does not necessarily mean that they are proper English! Feel free to give me a link so I can see if they can in fact be used that way. Having said that, they could work if 'majority' was qualified, such as 'ethnic majority family' - meaning a family of people of (belonging to) the ethnic majority.
December 7, 2017
In English, we can usually use a noun to modify another noun. For example: "the majority opinion." An alternate construction is with a prepositional phrase "the opinion of the majority." "The Department of State" or "The State Department."
December 7, 2017
The only example I can think of off of the top of my head uses 'majority rule' or 'majority vote': For example: "In that country decisions are made by majority rule." This means that decisions are determine by the will of majority of the people. In this context majority = more than one half
December 7, 2017
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