I am from Japan, so there would be some errors of my English below.

The pop-up message in a web application we are developing

"Are you sure you want to execute delete this data?" ...(1)

It appears when a user choice the data they want to delete from a database and then press the "Delete" button. I pointed out a grammatical error because there are two verbs EXECUTE and DELETE in a row. However,my boss said the word "to" of infinitive verbs is sometimes left out so the (1) sentence above was originally

"Are you sure you want to execute to delete this data?"...(2)

So he said (1) is correct.

I think (2) is not grammatically incorrect but sounds too much, so I want to say

"Are you sure you want to delete this data?"...(3)

Which is the most correct and natural, (1),(2)or(3)? And please show me some examples in which the word "to" of the infinitive can be left out from sentences.

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    Boss is saying that it would correct to say Are you sure you want to execute "delete the data"? Better to say Are you sure you want to continue to delete the data? But you need only #3, Are you sure you want to delete the data? – Yosef Baskin Oct 15 at 13:53
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    I agree. Save face by assuming that your boss means Yosef’s first suggestion. The only thing I add is that data is the plural of datum. This means that you should refer to these data rather than this data. But this is not a strict rule; many people now use data as a singular collective noun for a body of information. – Anton Oct 15 at 15:45

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