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Example: "what the researchers are looking for is / are materials that ..."

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  • Yes, that is a good question. :) -- "[What the researchers are looking for] is/are [materials that . . .]". Hopefully someone soon will provide a good answer. – F.E. Dec 13 '13 at 19:51
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What (s) and what (pl) are obviously not inflected, so you have to infer which one it is. The word is referring to materials, so select the of the noun there. Examples: What materials are there? What material is there?

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