please help me.

i don,t kown the following which is right, and why?

--are the audience all present at the meeting?

-- yes, they are all seated in the hall and ____ for your speech to begin.

A.waited B. have waited C. waiting D. the ones.

(I would use "audience" as a singular. Is the audience present?)
I agree with GG on audience.

I made a search at The New York Times (which has sharp-eyed editors, I assume) and the only time plurals showed up after it was in:

members of the audience were/are ...

Thus you could say:

Are all the members of the EXPECTED audience present at the meeting?
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You may have been thrown off by "seated". Make the sentence "They are all there and _______ for your speech to begin" and how do you fill the blank?

"Seated" is a little bit complicated. We have the verb "to sit" which is usually intransitive (does not take an object); e.g., Please sit (down). We also have the verb "seat" which is transitive (requires an object); e.g., The host seated the guests (i.e., helped them find where to sit). We could argue whether the "are" in "are seated" is, in modern English, a linking verb with "seated" as an adjective, but long ago we would have analyzed "are" as, really, a marker of the present passive; someone seated the audience, so now they are seated. The meaning would be almost exactly the same if the sentence read "They are all sitting in the hall". If the sentence began "They are all sitting in the hall..." I'll bet you would have no trouble in choosing "waiting" to fill the blank.

Gary Williams
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