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    Default Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    Many / Much of the audience enjoyed the wonderful musical performance.

    Which word should I use? If neither, which word is appropriate? Or should the sentence be reworded?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    Audience is not countable. Much of the audience. Many members of the audience.

    (What was wrong with the others? They didn't like the music? They couldn't hear?)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Audience is not countable. Much of the audience. Many members of the audience.

    (What was wrong with the others? They didn't like the music? They couldn't hear?)
    I think they were not interested in music. Their parents must have"forced" them to go with them.
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    Default Re: Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    In BrE, many would work- we happily use plural verbs and can treat collective nouns as plural.

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    Default Re: Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Many of the audience enjoyed the wonderful musical performance.]
    Thanks, Tdol.

    Would it be better if I change the sentence to?:

    Many in the audience enjoyed the wonderful musical performance.

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    Default Re: Many / Much of the audience enjoyed...

    That is a good way around the problem.

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