Comments on: Singular or plural? http://blogs.reuters.com/gbu/2011/03/15/singular-or-plural/ Reader reaction to Reuters news Fri, 18 Nov 2011 06:49:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: valentinv http://blogs.reuters.com/gbu/2011/03/15/singular-or-plural/comment-page-1/#comment-347375 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:17:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/gbu/?p=18511#comment-347375 —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.

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