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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    data is used in singular/ plural form ?

    I googled about the question, and I found :


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    Both are in use, and are accepted. Data (derived from datum - Latin) can be used either in singular or in plural sense, depending on whether it is used as a count noun (containing multitude of elements - answering how many) or a mass noun (being a collection as a whole - answering how much)
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    How about the sentence below ?


    Data A and Data B (is or are) not collectly stored.
    In this case the data can be considered as a mass <combination of > data A&B ? , or it should be <are> in this case ?

    Thank you

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: data is used in singular/ plural form ?

    Technically "datum" is the singular but you rarely see it used in BrE except perhaps in technical texts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: data is used in singular/ plural form ?

    The sentence is unnatural either way. We don't describe a set of data as "data A".
    I am not a teacher.

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