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

'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.

  • "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

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.


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)


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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