Noun (A) + と + Noun (B) + （と） + どちら(1) + が
Verb1 + こと(1) + と + Verb2 + こと(1) + （と） + どちら(1) + が
と - The particle (x2) in its meaning of 'and'.
どちら - The polite speech form of 誰 'who', and a slightly newer form of どっち that basically means 'which'.
が - The case marking particle
This structure is used when the speaker is asking a question about whether someone will choose (A) or (B). It is only used when there are no more than two possible choices.
- ピザとラーメンとどちらが好きですか。Between pizza and ramen, which do you prefer?
- 漢字を書くことと漢字を読むこととどちらが得意ですか。Between writing and reading kanji, which are you more confident with?
- 遊園地に行くのと動物園に行くのとどちらがいいですか。Between going to the amusement park, and going to the zoo, which is better?
- 辛い物と甘い物とどっちが好き？Between something spicy and something sweet, which do you like more?
- 私と彼女どっちが好き？Between me and her, who do you like?
- すみません、どちら様ですか？I'm sorry, who are you?
- ワインとビールとどちらの方が飲みたいですか？Between wine and beer, which would you want to drink more?
Between coffee and tea, which do you want?
Between reading manga and reading the newspaper, which do you like?
Between playing sports and playing video games, which are you better at?
Between hiragana and katakana, which one is more difficult to remember?
Between Everest and K2, which one is taller?
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と～と、どちらが – Grammar Discussion
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Seems like that should be provided as alternate option
Does を ‘block’ the が here or is something else going on?
There is no “blocking” going on. You are just using どちら with the を particle instead of the が particle.
With 選ぶ, が marks who is making the choice and を marks what is being chosen.
Edit: This might not be the entire story though. Take for example this example sentence from bunpro:
二階建てのマンションと 普通の家とどちらが 住んでみたい？
Normally, に marks where you are living and が marks who is the one living. In this example it is using が with a location. Searching twitter どちらに住む is much more common than どちらが住む for choosing between two locations. Maybe this is just a case of どちらが being so common that people accidentally use it like this and common accidents eventually become standard use.
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