The word "demographics"


The dictionary indicates "demographics" (n) should be used with a plural verb ("are" rather than "is"), but I have seen it written both ways. Is the correct phrasing "demographics is" or "demographics are?" "Demogrpahics is destiny" or "demographics are destiny?" Thanks for your help.

asked Jul 02 '14 at 10:27 Tammy New member

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It will depend on the context surrounding the use of the word.

'Demographics is destiny' is correct because the reference is 'demographics' as a single entity.


The demographics of the group were listed in an attached memo.

In this sentence, 'demographics' is used to describe an assortment of categrories such as age, location, gender, etc. In this case, the plural form of the verb is appropriate.

link comment answered Jul 03 '14 at 19:15 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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