Data is or Data are?

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I work with people who say "The data are bad".

I consider data to be akin to something like water... it is aggregated into a single mass, data IS.... data sets are.

You wouldn't say "This water are cold!"

"This data are bad!"... vs "This data is bad".

Does anyone else say "data are" and if so, care to explain?
 

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I work with people who say "The data are bad".

I consider data to be akin to something like water... it is aggregated into a single mass, data IS.... data sets are.

You wouldn't say "This water are cold!"

"This data are bad!"... vs "This data is bad".

Does anyone else say "data are" and if so, care to explain?

The data IS definitely bad.

Someone saying "the data are bad" is similar in my mind to someone saying "I seen the data." Versus "I saw the data."
 

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The data IS definitely bad.

Someone saying "the data are bad" is similar in my mind to someone saying "I seen the data." Versus "I saw that the data."

Hey, I seen it, ok?

Don'ts tells me I aints seens it, ok?
 

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Hey, I seen it, ok?

Don'ts tells me I aints seens it, ok?

It drives me NUTS!

Like when someone says they always seem to "loose" their keys when they are in a hurry. Ughh This rabbit hole is deep, and annoying.
 

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Do you pronounce it data or data?
 

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Same

It's funny tho, when you read my question you understood what I was asking.

Oh I knew exactly what you meant lol

DATE-uh vs DAT-uh
 

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are seems plural, and is seems singular
 

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