- — 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.