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(1) What is the start and finish time of your first class?

(2) What are the start and finish time of your first class?

(3) What are the start and finish timeS of your first class?

I am not sure which one is correct. Thanks.

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    You are asking for two distinct times, so why would (3) not be correct? Nov 24, 2023 at 10:02
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Both #2 and #3 are fine, with #3 the more common one. Ngram.

I have included the unelided version, with start time and finish time. This is the least used of the three.

#1 is incorrect. We have two distinct times, as @Kate Bunting commented, and hence need the plural verb are.

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#3 is the correct statement. There are two times: a start time and a finish time. That means time is plural:

What are the start and finish times of your first class?

#1 is probably fairly common in informal spoken English, although technically it's not correct.

#2 is incorrect.

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