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whl626

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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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tdol said:
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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I see, thanks :) That clears up the mess :)
 
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