was/were with word "data"

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Data was/were analyzed using a two-way mixed-design ANOVA.

See example:

Data were analyzed using a two-way mixed-design ANOVA.
asked Apr 17 '13 at 12:10 Kathy Renner New member

Context is important here.

In an academic context, "data" is plural for "datum." Use the plural verb.

In a media context, "data" can be plural or collective. When used as a collective noun, use the singular verb.

Bob ChapmanMar 19 at 22:55

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They're both OK to use. "Were" is a little more formal/academic and "was" is a little more conversational, so pick one that fits the tone you're going for. Just be sure to use it consistently throughout your writing.

link comment answered Apr 17 '13 at 13:57 Actually Holly Expert
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I treat 'data' like other collective plural nouns. Technically, data is plural, and datum is singular. If you are referring to data as a monolithic bloc, then a singular verb is appropriate. "The data is in on the study." If you are referring to data as separate bits of information, then a plural verb should be used. "The data from the various studies show mixed results."

 

In your example, I would use a singular verb and would precede it with 'The'. If 'The' wasn't included, I would go with the plural.

The data was analyzed using a two-way mixed-design ANOVA.

Data were analyzed using a two-way mixed-design ANOVA.

link comment edited Apr 17 '13 at 17:24 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Were is a little word use in past or to ask question example Where were you?, in 2nd person singuler You were in London, .......... 

link comment answered Apr 17 '13 at 15:08 Aissatou Bah New member

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