there's been a huge debate among teachers in my language centre regarding the appropriate tag question forThe 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.
Last edited by spica; 23-Apr-2008 at 02:36.
I'd say that for most people, 'audience' is a singular entity.
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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?