The audience was amazed, ____________?

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spica

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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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No reference required. The tag mirrors the subject-verb pair in the main clause:

Concordance
The audience was amazed, wasn't it? :tick:
The audience were amazed, weren't they? :tick:

Elipsis (...)
The audience was amazed (the people I mean), weren't they? :tick:

:);-)
 

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Re: The audience were amazed, problem solved?

Since 'audience' is a collective noun, then it may take a plural verb, in British English at least, which would give us: "The audience were amazed, weren't they?".
 

spica

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thanks for that. :-D i think it depends also on the country the speaker is from. canadian, british and american english differ in many ways.
anyway, we've got it settled already.
thanks really.:-D
 
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