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    Data showing

    "Data showing disturbances of intestinal motility and enteric sensory function suggest that impairment of signaling in the brain-gut axis contributes to disease."

    Does above sentence exactly mean,
    "Data that shows disturbances of intestinal motility and enteric sensory function suggest that impairment of signaling in the brain-gut axis contributes to disease."

    Which sentence is more correct and natural?
    How can we construct sentence like original sentence(by using -ing form)?
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    Re: Data showing

    Both sentences have exactly the same meaning, and both are correct. The first sounds more like what one would expect to read in a scientific paper, and your version sounds more like everyday usage.

    Personally I prefer your version.

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    Re: Data showing

    Using the '-ing' form avoids the issue of the plurality of 'data'. I too prefer your version (but with an '-s' after 'suggest'. I can imagine though that someone trying to write a peer-reviewed paper might prefer the line of least resistance.

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    Re: Data showing

    In a scientific paper, "data" is plural, and editors are very strong on that point.

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    Re: Data showing

    In that case, both verbs (show and suggest) should have the appropriate ending.

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    Re: Data showing

    Yes.

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