"Data Is" or "Data Are"?
Tweets in response to a comment from a reviewer of a paper who commented " the word 'data' is still a plural noun, no matter how many times people may erroneously use it in the singular". Note if anyone cited in this story would like their tweet removed, please let me know - I'd be happy to do that
- — Brian Kelly (@briankelly)Wed, May 02 2012 01:20:04I wrote "data was collected in March". Reviewer: "'data' is plural noun, no matter how many times people erroneously use it" Who's right?
- — Brian Kelly (@briankelly)Wed, May 02 2012 01:23:23@herrdoktorc Reviewer then said "Pedantry aside, this is an interesting study with original data" :-) We are pleased (my co-author and I)
- — Alyson Tyler (@libalyson)Wed, May 02 2012 01:24:02@briankelly 'The data were..' is grammatically correct see also 'The apples were eaten.' cf 'The data was...' and 'The apple was eaten.'
- — Morag Eyrie (@morageyrie)Wed, May 02 2012 01:24:48@andypowe11 it ain't that simple Andy (language never is) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data#Usage_in_English …org/wiki/Data#Usage_in_English curious to sebriankellylbertkraan thinks! @briankelly
- — Nick Sheppard (@mrnick)Wed, May 02 2012 01:24:51@briankelly Pft!Common usage.Who the heck says datum?Lingo is fluid-caterpiller misspelt as caterpillar by Dr Johnson in his dictionary!
- — Charles Bagnall (@csbagnall)Wed, May 02 2012 01:31:11@briankelly hi Brian Re data. We have to accept that common usage is singular, as we do for porridge. Very weird now to write 'data are..'
- — NicolaFranklin (@NicolaFranklin)Wed, May 02 2012 01:32:34@briankelly according to the guardian, it's plural http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/16/data-plural-singular …co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/16/data-plural-singular
- — Phil Wane (@philwane)Wed, May 02 2012 01:42:16@briankelly Mmm? I'd go for "the data was collected" (plural) or "datum were collected" (singular). Technically correct but sounds wrong?
- — Hazel Edmunds (@CareersInfo)Wed, May 02 2012 03:27:15@briankelly "He who pays the piper calls the tune" http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/16/data-plural-singular …co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/16/data-plural-singular says it all really.
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