Which sentence is grammatically correct? ?

1. What are Bob’s book and pen doing on the table?

2 What is Bob’s book and pen doing on the table?

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  • 1 month ago

    1. What are Bob’s book and pen doing on the table?

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  • 1 month ago

    Number One is correct.  Bob's book and his pen, together, would be replaced with the plural pronoun 'they' (alone, a pen and a book are an 'it').  So, the correct sentence is: 'What are Bob's book and pen doing on the table?'  Using the plural pronoun required the  plural form of the verb 'To Be' in the present tense.

    Here is the conjugation for the verb 'To Be' in the present tense;

    Singular.........................Plural

    I am...............................we are

    you are..........................you are (collective; more than one 'you')

    he/she/ it is....................they are

     If you don't have to use that exact sentence, and you can change it, grammatically, it's more concise written as: 'Why are Bob's book and pen on the table?'

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I don't think the book and pen are doing anything. You would better ask "Why are Bob's book and pen on the table?"

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    1 - you can easily check by substituting the pronoun - in this case "they" - and that tells you immediately what the verb should be.

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The first (1) is correct. The second (2) is wrong because book and pen are two items and require "are", not "is."

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  • PR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Number 1 is correct: 

    What are Bob's book and pen doing on the table?

    In this case, you are referring to two items, so the word "are" is correct, because it refers to plural (more than one item).

    Other correct:

    -What is Bob's pen doing on the table?

    -What is Bob's book doing on the table?

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  • 1 month ago

    #1. You are talking about two items.

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