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Grammar - which is right?

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Okay - listening to a clients audio commercial and this line struck me. I'm getting various opinions on the correctness of the grammar. I think it's #2 but I'm questioning myself. Anyone?

 

1 - Where does school yard bullies go?

2 - Where do school yard bullies go?

 

-Karen

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#1 implies the commodity to be stored on a shelf or in a closet

 

#2 -- to a special place in hell.

 

It depends on the context. Of course that is my opinion and I could be wrong.

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#2 definitely. Reading it out aloud the first one does not ring right and sounds clumsy in speech.

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Isn't it amazing when two things like this get in front of a person and suddenly our grammatical and spelling confidence go out the window?

 

In #1, the word "does" for plural bullies takes the action away from the bullies and onto the reader who is then being asked where school yard bullies should be put. It is still clumsy and a very untypical question. If they had made bullies singular; Where does the School yard bully go, then it would have worked.

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