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spectators, audience or public?


spectators, audience or public?

Dealing with the context of circuses, we have to decide which of these three options is the correct one.

"The show is based on traditional travelling circuses and aimed at a rural________.

a. spectator 
b. public
c. crowd
d. audience

The correct answer is "audience", but is "public" also possible?

Thanks in advance!

2 Feb 2012      

United States

audience or spectators because they watch.

2 Feb 2012     

Russian Federation

Hi, Aldonza,
An interesting question for me!
The native speakers will say a word, of course,but in my opinion we don īt use public when we mean people at the theatre,cinema.circus and other entertainments. We call them audience, spectators, patrons, you can check it with the theatre dictionaries:


2 Feb 2012     


IMHO, audience

2 Feb 2012     

United States

Definitely audience. "Public" is really too general for this usage. We also would probably not use "a rural public".

2 Feb 2012     


Thank you all so much !!
Good point, Bruce. How could I not pay attention to "a"  rural public"?Embarrassed

2 Feb 2012