“what the children need is good textbooks at the moment” or “what the children need are good textbooks at the moment”?

In the following sentence:

What the remote areas need __ education to children and what the children need __ good textbooks at the moment.

Should I fill both in with “is”? If I see “what…” as a singular.

Or should I fill the blanks in with “is” and “are” if I choose my verbs by referring what’s coming after?

Answer

You should choose “is” and “are”. Specifically the second clause should be,

what the children need are good textbooks.

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When “what” is the subject of the clause (and the same is true of “all”), it agrees in number — singular or plural — with the complement (as we said, the word or phrase that completes the sentence).

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