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    whl626 is offline Member
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    audience ?

    The audience give/gives ??? their standing ovation everytime when an onstage
    performance is finished.

    According to what i know ' audience ' can serve as a singular noun as well as plural when we refer to the people, right ? But in the above case, which ' give/ gives ' is correct ?

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    In British English, they are both fine. Americans tend to use the singular more for collective nouns.

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    CitySpeak Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In British English, they are both fine. Americans tend to use the singular more for collective nouns.
    I would say it's a strong tendency.

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    whl626 is offline Member
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    I see, thanks :) That clears up the mess :)

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