Subject: Re: lib/21347: "Data" is the plural of "datum."
To: None <>
From: David Laight <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/28/2003 21:40:25
> "Data" is the plural of "datum."

Actually, in most computer documentation it is used as a 'mass noun'.
As such 'data is returned' is correct [1].

Since English is a language defined by its usage, there is nothing
wrong (except the inconsistency).

page has, for instance, 'until there is no more data to be retrieved.'


Compate to the use of other mass nouns like 'water'.

David Laight: