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I am proofreading a document and the following sentence came up:

Unless the data is appended only, then we can assume the temporal sampling has changed.

What the writer is trying to say, is essentially the following:

Unless the modification made to the data only included appending new data, then we can assume that the temporal sampling has changed.

Is there a verb that I could use to describe the original data set only having data appended to it?

Something along the lines of:

Unless the data is only (suffixed, verb to describe adding data, ???)

The way it was written sounds as though the original data was appended to something else.

I hope that the question is clear. If possible I'd prefer a single word, however the most important thing is that the sentence is clear, so if need be I will simply rephrase it.

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  • 'Unless the data in question is merely added as an appendix, ...' (It would be helpful to give the preceding context specifying what data.) Aug 9, 2021 at 16:17
  • Or, Unless the data is only modified by appending it, we can assume that… Note that in natural language we don't use then following unless; see e.g here. Aug 9, 2021 at 22:14
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    I'd be inclined to say "unless the data is only appended to, ...". Aug 9, 2021 at 23:35
  • I think your "trying to say" version was pretty good.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9, 2021 at 23:38

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You can re-order the phrase so that unless joins the terms, like this:

We can assume the the temporal sampling has changed, unless the data is only appended to.

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We can assume that the temporal sampling has altered unless the data alteration solely includes adding new data.

Is this alright?

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    Or this - Unless the data has been altered purely by appending new data, we can presume that the temporal sampling has changed. Aug 9, 2021 at 23:51

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