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What part of speech is objections?
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Sandi asks...
Should it be written: data were or data was?
Anne answers...
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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