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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    "Claims" are plural. The "data" about all of the claims is treated as singular.

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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    the claims collection - singualar.

    the claims data - plural: "data" is plural.

    No?

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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    "Data" is traditionally plural, but more commonly used as singular these days.

    I think you'll hear "what is the data showing us?" versus "what are the data showing us?" "The data is on my other computer" vs "the data re on my other computer."

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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    I'm still trying to reconcile that "Claims", used as a proper (?) noun, is plural. What about "United States"? Yes I know there are 50 states united, but there is only one "United States". Is that plural?

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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    They are the department that works on insurance claims. They are the claims department.

    I send them a claim. You send them a claim. They get all of the claims.

    I don't see the difficulty.

    (And back when we had a limited federal gov't, you might hear "the United States are..."

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    Default Re: Does "claims" mean "read"? and it is the misspelling of "claim"?

    I would say "It is the claims department", not "They are..."

    I agree that "claims" is plural as a standalone noun but I am certainly guilty of using "data" in the singular and would say "The claims data shows ..."
    Even if I were to use the proper singular, "datum" (if I were only talking about one set of information), I would still say "The claims datum shows ..."

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