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    Question the audience was amazed, ___________?

    there's been a huge debate among teachers in my language centre regarding the appropriate tag question for
    The audience was amazed, __________?


    personally, i think the answer should be
    weren't they?
    .


    what do you think?
    some teachers said it's supposed to be "wasn't it" or "wasn't he."
    i guess we really need some help here, and if you could also please post your reference, it would be much more helpful.

    thanks..^^
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    Re: the ausience was amazed, ___________?

    Quote Originally Posted by spica View Post
    there's been a huge debate among teachers in my language centre regarding the appropriate tag question for

    personally, i think the answer should be .

    what do you think?
    some teachers said it's supposed to be "wasn't it" or "wasn't he."
    i guess we really need some help here, and if you could also please post your reference, it would be much more helpful.

    thanks..^^
    Hello Spica.

    I'd say that for most people, 'audience' is a singular entity.

    Results 1 - 10 of about 833,000 English pages for "audience were".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 2,810,000 English pages for "audience was".

    In the sentence you gave,

    The audience was amazed, __________?,

    it stands as a singular taking the singular verb 'was'. Even if 'audience' sometimes has a plural notion for some, wouldn't you say that in this case it makes sense that it matches, so,

    The audience was amazed, wasn't it?

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