From CNN Money - Italy crisis rocks markets. Here's why investors are worried, I read the following near the bottom of the article:
A majority of Italy's government debt is owned by Italians, but the European Central Bank also owns a big chunk, along with banks and investors in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain.
It seemed wrong to me, it just doesn't read nicely:
Surely, by definition, there is only one majority, so that should read
However, this differs from the statement,
Company X holds a majority share of company Y
where, in this case the use of "a" would seem more natural to me, although I must admit I am not totally sure why that is, although I guess it is because in the former example majority is a noun and in the latter it is an adjective.
I have had a look at some other majority related questions, and
(b1) A majority of Elbonians go dextroboping at weekends (emphasising that this is one particular subset)
From Use of majority to refer to quantity, it would seem that majority of debt is incorrect anyway - because debt is (somewhat ironically) an uncountable noun:
This word should probably be used only for countable items rather than non-countable collective nouns
So, it appears that the CNN article would have been better written as:
Most of Italy's government debt is owned by Italians, but the European Central Bank also owns a big chunk, along with banks and investors in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain.
Is that correct?