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Which sentence is correct?

1. What is needed, they say, is appropriate, budgeted doses that will not pollute our food.

2. What is needed, they say, are appropriate, budgeted doses that will not pollute our food.
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mehdi kord Which sentence is correct?

They are both grammatical. It depends on whether you construe the doses as a single measure that controls pollution or as separate items. But you have already decided on singular if you start the sentence that way. Number two should be "What are needed, they say, are appropriate, budgeted doses that will not pollute our food." I would use number 1.

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But in the book Barron's 504 words, the second one is used.

What is needed, they say, are appropriate, budgeted doses that will not pollute our food.

I'm sure there are plenty of books that have different advice on any given topic. That should not surprise you.

CJ

mehdi kordBut in the book Barron's 504 words, the second one is used.

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