Trying to figure out whether to use "does" or "do" in a sentence.

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Would I say, "What color DOES red and yellow make" or "What color DO red and yellow make"?

asked Nov 08 '12 at 16:41 Cornell Campbell New member

No problem, I'm happy to help.

Lewis NeidhardtNov 08 '12 at 17:24

I did have to think about it a bit, though.

Lewis NeidhardtNov 08 '12 at 17:21

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Questions invert the subject and object, usually, and the compound subject of this sentence is 'red and yellow'. That would mean a plural verb is required.

What color do red and yellow make.

link answered Nov 08 '12 at 17:09 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

That's the conclusion that my mother and I came to. It's a strange sentence, but I do think that "red and yellow" must be the subject. I mean, you can take "color" out, and the sentence makes sense. But you can't take "red and yellow" out. Thank you very much for your answer!

Cornell CampbellNov 08 '12 at 17:18

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