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Hey /lit/, moron learning English here.

Which sentence is correct? Google Translate says they're equivalent, but I don't think so.

>We both know what need to be done.

>We both know what needs to be done.
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Second one
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Second one
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The first one if you don't want to be a square.
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We both know what need be done senpai
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>>7639154
>>7639155

Thought so. But I'm having problems identifying why. I'm at that point where you've internalized enough of the rules to figure out if something seems wrong intuitively, but if I am asked to explain why I'm hard pressed to give a proper answer.
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>>7639175
I need
You need
He/She/It needs
They need
We need

For reference.
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>>7639175
future tense? i dunno
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>>7639184
>I know what need to be done
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>>7639189
>fuck
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>>7639184
.You know what need to be done
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>>7639189
>What as a subject takes 'it' form
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>>7639201

that is what I wanted to know. thanks anon.
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>>7639201
this is a lie
you're lying to him
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>>7639151
>>7639175
The pronoun "what" is the subject of the second clause and is presumed singular in the absence of other context, so "need" has singular number.

Compare: "We both know what things need to be done."
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>>7639175
"what" is always singular, and it is the subject of the subordinate clause.
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>>7639185
english actually doesn't have a future tense, we only have present and past. we get other temporal references using things other than tense like auxiliaries, circumlocution, and context.
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