Singular or plural?

March 15, 2011

Data points to strengthening growth, jobs

CHINAData points to?



Yes, I know, this is a plural noun.

The Reuters style guide recognizes that, but adds: “treat as if it were singular, e.g. The data was corrupted.”

By contrast, the AP’s style book advises reporters to treat data as a plural noun in most cases: GBU Editor

A panel displays the blue chip Hang Seng index during morning trading at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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—Usage note
Data is a plural of datum, which is originally a Latin noun meaning “something given.” Today, data is used in English both as a plural noun meaning “facts or pieces of information” ( These data are described more fully elsewhere ) and as a singular mass noun meaning “information”: Not much data is available on flood control in Brazil.

The Random House Dictionary

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