"rest of the audience" - singular or plural?

(28 Posts)
Ponders Thu 14-Feb-13 12:36:03

This is the phrase I have to use

the rest of the audience learns and sings the choruses of four songs

I feel it should be "the rest of the audience learn and sing"

???

Ponders Fri 15-Feb-13 10:30:29

wow! Thanks for that, Olivess - I am very impressed! (Does your conclusion have cultural resonances too? Americans better team players than arsey Brits?)

loving the oink, merci. autocorrect gets better & better.

I will go with plural. I was thinking that if you subsequently used a pronoun to refer to the rest of the audience, in the same sentence, it would be "they" & not "it" - NOT "while the rest of the audience waited for the performance, it ate ice cream" grin

Ponders Fri 15-Feb-13 10:31:04

& thanks again for all contributions. I love these discussions thanks

Trills Fri 15-Feb-13 10:33:41

Olivess that was great! Thank you!

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