"une variété de programmes télé ont fait"

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"une variété de programmes télé ont fait"

Why wouldn't this be "une variété...a fait"? It's "variety" that is the subject of the sentence, and not the prepositional clause "of programs," is it not? 

Asked 7 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Chan, it depends on the structure, but in this case it is agreement with the plural complement ‘ programmes télé ’ that is correct - emphasising that ‘television programs are made’. (Note that ‘télé’ is invariable, but the expression ‘programmes télé’ is in the plural form).

This grammatical question has been addressed previously here, but I can’t find links on search currently.

The link below however gives examples that demonstrate related usage 

https://www.gymglish.com/fr/frantastique-orthographe/regles-orthographe/la-plupart-la-majorite-de-peu-de 

English has this conundrum with collective nouns also :

 https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2007/09/majority-rules.html

 

"une variété de programmes télé ont fait"

Why wouldn't this be "une variété...a fait"? It's "variety" that is the subject of the sentence, and not the prepositional clause "of programs," is it not? 

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