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    This data is very interesting, and the police are studying it.

    Does 'study' sound OK in this sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    This data is very interesting, and the police are studying it.

    Does 'study' sound OK in this sentence?
    Yep!

    To be strictly correct, "data" is the plural of "datum" so it should really be .........."These data are.....".

    However, nowadays most people seem to regard "data" as singular, so no one would accuse you of poor English if you treated it as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    This data is very interesting, and the police are studying it.

    Does 'study' sound OK in this sentence?
    i think you should use "reading" for this sentence because he is police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevintrieuvn View Post
    i think you should use "reading" for this sentence because he is police.
    Sorry, but I can't agree!

    Reading is too weak a word.
    The police would study the data - i.e. read it (them) again and again until they could draw some conclusions.

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