Poll: The data ______ been transcribed.

The data ______ been transcribed.

has
have
Either- no difference
Either- it depends on the context.

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  • Added: May 2004

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arctictern

Most Americans would say has. I spent 20 years in data processing and people would look at me strangely if I said "the data have". I know data is supposed to be plural, but popular usage treats it as a collective noun, e.g. herd. The herd of cattle has.....

Old Stickler

In science and many other technical documents, the plural is still used where appropriate.

altdel

data is the plural of datum. Period.

Raguraman Gurusamy

It depends on the the context (the author's usage). Generally, in scientific text, datum and data are used correctly. However, nowadays, especially in humanities text, the word data is commonly used as a singular word!

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