For example, in these websites:

In all of these cases, replacing "Do" with "Does" makes it sound more natural, but is "Do" correct?


Technically, "data" is a plural, but you seldom see it used that way outside the sciences, and sometimes not even then. From Merriam Webster:

Data leads a life of its own quite independent of datum, of which it was originally the plural. It occurs in two constructions: as a plural noun (like earnings), taking a plural verb and plural modifiers (such as these, many, a few) but not cardinal numbers, and serving as a referent for plural pronouns (such as they, them); and as an abstract mass noun (like information), taking a singular verb and singular modifiers (such as this, much, little), and being referred to by a singular pronoun (it). Both constructions are standard. The plural construction is more common in print, evidently because the house style of several publishers mandates it. 1

  • Hello, Rodney. As you might expect, this has been answered here before. Several times. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 4 '18 at 19:35
  • Ah. Didn't even think about that. :) – Rodney Atkins Apr 4 '18 at 19:35
  • If there were something special about those examples that might distinguish them from the general question linked in the "Possible duplicate" comment, this might stand as a new question. But I don't see the examples in this question as exceptional. – Steve Apr 4 '18 at 20:28

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