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Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 12:55
Does GMAT treat the word 'data' as a plural for 'datum'? Doesn't it sound a bit odd?

This sentence is taken from OG12, Diagnostic Q36:

New data from United States Forest Service ecologists show ...

Google tells me that grammarians have been arguing about this point since 1920s!
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 17:20
I think they treat it as pl. because apart from the sentence you found in OG, I also found a sentence containing "data are ..." from GMAT PREP, and it does not in the underlined part. So it's right in GMAT's rule as a plural form. Maybe we just have to remember it.

The original sentence is here: Those skeptical of the extent of global warming argue that short-term temperature data are an inadequate means of predicting long-term trends and point out that the scientific community remains divided on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does.
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 16:39
This could be very tricky... i would also say that they treat is as plural. But "...the data show..." does sound a bit funny.
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 11:50
ever since I've grown up Data has been plural and Datum is singular.

Data show is correct because we can take a plural word to replace it.

The campers show their badges to the parents [plural]
or
The camper shows his badge to the parents [singular]
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 12:03
Perhaps it's an Americanism.

BBC uses 'Data shows'. Washington post uses 'Data show'.
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2012, 02:35
Is it at all possible that "data" be treated as a collective noun and hence receive the treatment of a singular noun while being a plural form itself??

For example: Our family likes to go on picnics..
Data shows that smoking is injurious to health..
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Re: Data shows or data show? [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2012, 11:03
data is plural so it should be - data show!
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