The word "Data" is a plural noun
I have been told throughout my college career that "data" is always treated as a plural noun. Is this a problem with the program?
Data were formatted in Microsoft Excel before being imported into MathCad.
Many questions have been asked & answered on here & this one sounded familiar. You can find Kimberly's answer here: http://answers.grammarly.com/questions/2558-the-noun-data-is-plural/ & what she said was:
You are correct; data is a plural form of the noun datum. Some consider this an antiquated construction, however, and many people now accept data as a singular and plural form.
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I'll add that as technology changes, so does the language that surrounds it. Data is now very commonly thought of as one big hunk of information - a singular unit consisting of many smaller units of information.
So one could think of it as "all the bits of data were formatted" or "the collection of data was formatted." If this particular teacher has been one to tell you that it is always plural, then use it as the plural. After all, the teacher is the one grading the paper. Sometimes when I am unclear of which way to go with words that have evolved, I reword it so that it is easier to figure out.
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