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I know information does not have a plural form (syntaxically talking), which leads me to the following problem:

The username and password are missing. I need [this/those] information.

I feel like the right term would be "this", even though we are asking for several details... but I'm not sure at all.

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    I need this information or I need those pieces of information. Feb 19 '15 at 22:01
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'This': 'information' is the noun for which 'this' is used as the demonstrative pronoun. Since information- is singular, this - is too, no matter what the information consists of.

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  • "This information" is actually the direct object, not the subject. Feb 19 '15 at 19:29
  • Specifically, information is a mass noun.
    – Hellion
    Feb 19 '15 at 20:08
  • Unless you use data which is plural. Though it's always felt awkward to me to say "data are." It should be a mass noun too. Feb 19 '15 at 20:16
  • @Martin Krzywinski It's rare for data to be used as other than a mass noun taking singular agreement, in spite of its etymology. Feb 19 '15 at 22:03
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The adjective or article "this" modifies "information," a singular, so "this" is correct. It assumes that the reader knows that "information" is referring to "username and password."

If instead you wish to use "this/those" as pronouns, you might write something like:

The username and password are missing. I need these right away.

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I have been teaching it as 'this information' for more than 20 years but just heard a British reporter on Bloomberg say 'these informations' and l had to look it up. There are actually many examples of 'these information' online (and my autocorrect ironically wanted to change that to 'these informations'!!! Lol)

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How about using "such information", instead?

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    You should show how this fits the example used in the question. Sep 28 '21 at 4:38
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    Please don't answer a question with a question. Be bold! Make a statement, but back that statement up with corroboration and examples if necessary.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 28 '21 at 12:04

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