Use of "a" or "the" in a sentence


We will be selling a majority of the furnishings ......or we will be selling the majority of the furnishings

asked Nov 12 '12 at 15:18 Nancy Chesser New member

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 " We will be selling the majority of the furnishings" is the correct sentence. The definite article "the" is used because we know which furnishings we're talking about.

link comment answered Nov 12 '12 at 15:56 saliha New member

When we use the article "the", we know which specific thing we are talking about. It isn't actually which furnishings, but which majority that you need to consider.  There could be a slight majority, an overwhelming majority, or some other amount in between.  You can show uncertainty (is it 51% or 99%?) by calling it a majority.  If it doesn't matter in the context, or the reader will understand because of the type or number of items, then it can be the majority. 

link comment answered Nov 12 '12 at 18:31 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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