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    Is the data

    Is the data put in the shared folder?

    Is the sentence correct? The context is that I am checking with someone via email whether the required data is put in the folder.

    Should we use "are" instead of "Is"?

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    Re: Is the data

    A few pedants cringe when "data" is treated as a singular. The rest of us believe that it's crazy to assert that a usage adopted by 99% of native speakers is wrong.

    Use "is" in your sentence. However, it would be more natural to say "Have you put the data in the folder?" or, if you want to keep it impersonal, "Has the data been put in the folder?"
    Last edited by GoesStation; 26-Oct-2020 at 14:40. Reason: Fix a typo.
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    Re: Is the data

    Scientists and statisticians often use are; most others don't.
    Last edited by Tdol; 31-Oct-2020 at 15:56.

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    Re: Is the data

    If you want to concentrate on the action of the other person, using "put" works - "Have you put the data in the folder?"
    If you simply want to concentrate on the location of the data, don't bother with "put" - "Is the data in the folder?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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