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What is/are needed is/are a pen and a pencil.

Which verbs should I use?

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What is/are needed is/are a pen and a pencil.

Which verbs should I use?

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What is needed, is a pen and a pencil.

What are needed, are pens and pencils.
 

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What is needed, is a pen and a pencil.

What are needed, are pens and pencils.

Hi Teacher

As Shalstudent is not a teacher, could one of the teacher members from the forum confirm whether his/her answer is correct?

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What is/are needed is/are a pen and a pencil.

Which verbs should I use? I would say, 'What is needed are a pen and a pencil.' That seems and sounds right, because I think "What" is an 'it'. (but I am also going to ask 'my' grammar expert if he agrees)

Checking google, there is almost a 4:1 preponderance of "What is needed are..." over "What are needed are...".
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The grammar expert agrees with "What is needed are a pen and a pencil."
 
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