I'm not sure if I should use "onstage" or "on stage" here. Is this sentence okay as it is, or should I use "onstage" instead?

It was decided that only actors should go on stage if that particular film won any awards at the awards show.

Since it is not used as an adjective here like "onstage antics," should I use "on stage" or "onstage"?

  • To me, I would use on stage because you don't have to describe a noun or modify a verb here but to give a location by a propositional phrase {on stage}. BTW onstage is an adjective and an adverb too.
    – user61367
    Sep 17, 2017 at 20:34

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I lean toward "on stage" here, because (in general) "onstage" refers to participating in some kind of performing art.

Her role required her to be onstage the entire length of the play.

In this case the actors are just receiving an award.

The two writers of the popular show were called back on stage to receive a special standing ovation.

However, I don't think anyone cares which you use, as there is very little difference between the two. For example, this sounds just fine to me:

Aside from some quick costume changes, Beyoncé was on stage every minute of the two-hour concert.

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