Audience is OR Audience are?

This question has been answered · 4 replies
Good evening from the Philippines! Would you kindly tell me the correct verb for 'audience' in this context?

The audience (is, are) seated at different levels in the auditorium.

Many, many thanks!
Full Member118
Approved answer (verified by )
.
Either is possible, daddyjohn. Much depends on whether context conceives or presents the audience as a single body or as a large number of listeners:

The audience are clapping their hands madly.
The audience is quiet.

.
Veteran Member92,110
SystemAdministrator: A system administrator takes care of the inner workings of the entire system. These users have the ability to promote, ban and modify other users.Teachers: Users in this role are certified teachers. This may include DELTA, CELTA, TESOL, TEFL qualified professionals. Email a scan of your qualification to an admin, if you wish to be considered.
ALL REPLIES
Thank you very much again, Mister Micawber.
Anonymous:
And if we need to substitude the word "audience" (or public) by a pronoun, will it be "it" or "they"?

Ann.
If you are going to need a pronoun, then cast 'audience' in the plural and use 'they'.
SystemAdministrator: A system administrator takes care of the inner workings of the entire system. These users have the ability to promote, ban and modify other users.Teachers: Users in this role are certified teachers. This may include DELTA, CELTA, TESOL, TEFL qualified professionals. Email a scan of your qualification to an admin, if you wish to be considered.
Live chat
Registered users can join here