The Yolk of the Egg

Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white?” or “The yolk of the egg is white?”

Neither. Yolks are yellow.

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4 Comments on "The Yolk of the Egg"

HB says
March 19, 2021 @ 16:48

Egg yolks are either yellow or orange (like from our hens)

Jacob says
May 21, 2021 @ 11:56

Both are correct because they all have the question mark attached and a question is always right to ask whether it’s true or false. So both statements are correct. The person was asking a question.

Sophie says
June 30, 2021 @ 01:58


Brian says
September 25, 2022 @ 15:25

The first is grammatically incorrect, since yolk is a singular noun.

The second is grammatically correct though – if someone stated “The yolk of the egg is white.”, one could incredulously reply “The yolk of the egg is white?”. The latter could also be written with two question marks “??” or a shebang “!?”.

However, I would say that it’s ambiguous to ask about the “correctness” of a question, like you can ask about the correctness of a statement (i.e. whether the statement is factual), unless you specify grammatical correctness. A question can be nonsense if it makes implicit assumptions that are wrong, such as “What colour are the eyes of a banana?” – a banana doesn’t have eyes. But the questions above aren’t nonsense, since the yolk of an egg definitely has a colour.

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