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Which of these sentences is correct?

Are they apples or they are bananas?

Are they apples or are they bananas?

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    The second one. Subject-Auxiliary Inversion is obligatory in every question, even if they are conjoined. May 11, 2016 at 16:27

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When asking a question in English, the verb gets placed before the subject. So, "are they" begins a question, whereas "they are" begins a statement (declarative).

The second option is correct, but it could even be simplified to

Are they apples or bananas?

without any loss of meaning.

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The second. You maintain the same structure in both parts.

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