look vs looks

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look vs looks

Post by reportspam » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:03 am

Which is correct when "data" is plural?

Mid-stage data look promising.
Mid-stage data looks promising.

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Re: look vs looks

Post by Alan » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:42 am

Strictly speaking, 'data' is always plural, making your first sentence technically the only correct form (singular: datum).

Increasingly, however, the plural form is treated as singular in daily usage.