I’m a stickler for the plural. (Peer reviewers are, too.) What’s your take?
Buckle up, folks. People have strong feelings about whether to treat “data” as a singular or plural noun. And we are going to talk all about it today.
Technically, “datum” is the singular version, and “data” is the plural version.
This means—technically—“data” takes a plural version of a verb.
The data are correct.
The data show these numbers.
The data illustrate the findings.
But . . . these days, most people treat “data” as if it were singular. So they use a singular verb with it.
The data is correct.
The data shows these numbers.
The data illustrates the findings.
This is where you have to make a decision. Are you going to be a stickler and fight for “data” as a plural, or are you going to buckle under peer pressure and treat it as singular?
You are entitled to your own thoughts about this. But guess…
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