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how do you say it?

The data are in the computer.

The data is in the computer.

i don't want to know which is grammatically correct (i know that already). i want to know how you say it. :)



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Dec. 7th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
data is :)
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Because of you, I would now only say it the grammatically correct way.
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
that is ok. i know how you *used* to say it! ;p
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
"is' just comes naturally....
imagine, points off on an otherwise perfect research project because i singularized data.....
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
I say "is" even though I know it's wrong AND I'm the biggest grammar pedant I know! I can't explain this odditiy.
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
i hoped you would chime in, since you are the only one i know that speaks real english ;)
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
With "data are" there is an awkward and unavoidable glottal stop between the two words (unless you insert that dreaded intrusive "r", which sounds even worse). With "data is" you can glide a little more elegantly between the two medial vowels.

Or not......
Dec. 7th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Qualify it....."all of the data is"
Dec. 7th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
all of the data are.....

bluh. actually it sounds better with "all of", but you can't always use that. the sentences in question are:
Although the data is presented.... change to "data are presented"
The data distinctively shows a relationship.... change to "data distinctively show"

i am beginning to train myself to plural data (who uses datum?), but it is good to know the consensus is singular structure. :)
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