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I'm reading a Japanese book and one of the chapter got me thinking.
The book wrote it like this:
How many pencils are there ? えんぴつはなんぼんですか。
Can we not not replace は with を ?
えんぴつ を なんぼんですか
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を denotes a direct object in a sentence. は denotes the subject. Here, えんぴつ is the subject of the sentence, so it should have a は next to it.