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>There is sufficient data and strong ideas that suggest we cannot justify...

>There are sufficient data and strong ideas that suggest we cannot justify...

Hey guys. Which sentence is correct in terms of grammar? English is not my first language, sorry for this.

Would appreciate the help.

>> No.12940479

>>12940457

2nd one is better.

>> No.12940481

>>12940457
Data is used as both an uncountable noun and as the plural of datum, so both are correct. However, using it as an uncountable noun is much more common, in both British and American English, so I would go with the first one.

>> No.12940503

>>12940481
That said, the second one is probably more formal, so it's up to you. Most people would scan the first one and think nothing of it.

>> No.12940511

>>12940457

Too wordy. Just say

>We cannot justify X due to reasons.

>> No.12940517

>>12940479
>>12940481
>>12940503
>>12940511
Very kind. Thank you all.

>> No.12940574

>>12940457
Data Is.

>> No.12940599

Treat "single and single" as plural
Treat "single or single" as singular
I think data is plural btw

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