Is "most part of" singular or plural? Which is correct: "most part of the banks are corrupt" or "most part of the banks is corrupt"?
Part is not actually correct here: it would be most of the banks. Since most (the subject) is plural, you should use the plural copula are:
Most of the banks are corrupt.
However, if you reword to bring part back into the sentence (e.g. A large part of the banks), then part becomes the subject, hence you would use the singular copula is:
A large part of the banks is corrupt.
Since it sounds strange for is to come right after a plural noun (no matter how grammatical it is), we usually steer clear of such sentences. In fact, since the words "a large part of the banks" actually refers to a plurality, it would be completely fine to use are as the copula:
A large part of the banks are corrupt.
However, if you want to avoid pedantry from whichever side of the debate you don't choose, you may decide to simply use most of the banks are corrupt.
Perhaps, you're thinking of for the most part, the banks are corrupt.
When you want to quantify a noun in the plural form, a good choice is the majority of with either a plural or a singular verb:
The majority of the banks are/is corrupt.
The word part is better used when the word you want to quantify is in the singular form:
The biggest part of the room is empty.
The most part of banks is corrupt. The large part of banks is corrupt. The largest part of banks is corrupt. "part" is always singular, it is one part so you use the singular form.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Nov 1 '12 at 18:17
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