Misused Words

Audience and Spectator

Audience, a noun, refers to people gathered in a place primarily to see and hear, such as at a theatrical performance.

The audience enjoyed the concert in the auditorium.

Spectator, a noun, refers to people gathered in a place primarily to see, such as at a sports event.

The spectators enjoyed the hockey game in the arena.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The (audience, spectators) booed the soccer players during the game.

(2) After the performance the (audience, spectators) gave the choir a standing ovation.

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