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?

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 '15 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.

link comment edited Nov 15 '12 at 11:00 dictionary word definition New member

I'm seeing some people post that the plural of datum is "datums."  Could this be correct?  (For example, 

link comment answered May 12 '15 at 16:20 Andrew Poretz New member

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