In today’s post, I will deal with ‘most of’ used in sentences. Let us look at the following sentences. Tell me which one is wrong.
1 Most of the boys are interested in football.
2 Most of the cake was eaten by my brother.
Actually both sentences are correct. Let me explain.
When ‘most of’ is followed by a countable noun, it takes a plural verb. For instance, you can write a sentence such as the one below.
Most of the apples sold here are fresh. [As apples are plural, the verb that follows it is plural, that is ‘are’]
On the other hand, if ‘most of’ is followed by an uncountable noun, then a singular verb is used. Look at the following example.
Most of the palm oil in Malaysia is exported to China. [ As palm oil which follows ‘most of’ is uncountable, it is considered singular and hence a singular verb ‘is’ is used]
These are other examples when ‘most of’ is used in tenses.
1 Most of the girls in the school play netball.
2 Most of the activities here require skills and patience.
3 Most of the work was done by my mother.
4 Most of the fun comes from knowing that one has achieved something.
5 Most of the rubbish is not disposed of properly.
I hope readers of this blog are able to use ‘most of’ in sentences properly after reading my post.