The word "Data" is a plural noun

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I have been told throughout my college career that "data" is always treated as a plural noun. Is this a problem with the program?

See example:

Data were formatted in Microsoft Excel before being imported into MathCad.
asked Nov 14 '11 at 18:29 Elizabeth Wachel New member

Solve the problem by recasting the sentence:

Microsoft Excel formatted the data before importing it into MatchCad.

Bob ChapmanMar 19 at 23:01

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Yes, "Data" is plural of "Datum". "Datum" can be used as countable and uncountable noun but "Data" can only be used as uncountable noun.
http://www.goodwordguide.com/dictionary/datum

link comment edited Nov 15 '12 at 11:00 dictionary word definition New member
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I'm seeing some people post that the plural of datum is "datums."  Could this be correct?  (For example, http://johnquiggin.com/2003/08/18/data-is-not-the-plural-of-datum/. 

link comment answered May 12 at 16:20 Andrew Poretz New member

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