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    countable or uncountable

    Hi, I have a question related to nouns.

    If my PC receives (different) data twice, say, from a PC "A" and a PC "B",
    could I write:

    "There have been (two) data receptions from both a PC 'A' and a PC 'B'",

    or

    "There has been data reception from both a PC 'A' and a PC 'B'"?

    Also, I understand the word "data" is uncountable, but when mentioning the above data, which one is correct,
    "data of two different types" or "two different types of data"?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: countable or uncountable

    Data is not always uncoutable; some use it as a plural, with datum as the singular. You will hear scientists and statisticians say 'these data are', though most people use it uncountably. I would say 'Data has been received from both PC A and PC B'. You could use both "data of two different types" and "two different types of data". However, are they different types of data or different sources?


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    Re: countable or uncountable

    Thank you for your reply.

    Okay, so data could be both singular and plural, thanks.

    I meant the data of the same source, like, one is encrypted, and the other is decrypted, or something like that.
    I guess in that case you could say "data of two different types", no?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: countable or uncountable

    In computing, I normally see it used as an uncountable noun. And the answer to your question is yes.

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