Nov 17th, 2010, 01:07 pm
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Join Date: Oct 8th, 2006
| | Re: date [singular or plural?]
The problem is that it's a Latin word, and in Latin it's plural : sing datum
, pl. data Data
has been incorporated into English, but of course is not recognisable as a plural (unless you know Latin). So people tend to use it in the same way as "information" (ie as an uncountable), because of the similarity of meaning: The information/data is unreliable.
However, because it is originally a countable plural, other people (especially those who know Latin) use it that way : The data are unreliable.
This is slightly less common, but only slightly. A Google battle
turned up the following results : data is
: 2,110,000,000 data are
So in short, you can use it either way. But if the person you're talking to is a Professor of Latin, you'll impress more by choosing the plural