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    put data to the idea

    I dont really understand the underlined phrase of this sentence: "Although scientists have long suspected this to be the case, the new study is said to be one of the first to put some hard data to the idea."
    The whole article can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3123921.stm
    Does it mean: "data supports the idea"?

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    Re: put data to the idea

    You posted this in the wrong forum. It should have been "Ask a Teacher".

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    #3

    Re: put data to the idea

    Quote Originally Posted by sieve View Post
    Does it mean: "data supports the idea"?
    Yes- they now have data that supports what they thought to be the case. It does seem an unusual way of saying it to me.



    PS The thread has been moved.

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