Data is a plural noun, so it takes a plural verb. Consequently, we say the data were accurate. If we wanted to talk about one piece of data, we would say the datum was accurate.
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Can you please help me make a colleague understand why it is incorrect to say “You and I” after a preposition, like “between”. For example, the other day she made this statement: “That’s just between Brenda and I”. I tell her it’s incorrect, that it should be Brenda and me, but she doesn’t believe me. Please help.