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10. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 9, 2012, 17:30 mag
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 10:35:
For a time I was careful to say "data are" in my emails and documentations. Then I decided it was so artificial and a bit pretentious I gave it up. When I come across that construct elsewhere I always find it a bit distracting and that shouldn't happen in things you write.

I also insist on saying "id is" (as in id software) rather than "id are" (or any corporation for that matter). I find that pretentious and distracting too. Plus I note even John Carmack says "id is."

The latter is just a difference between (typical) British English and (typical) American English usage. For American usage, a company is a singular entity. For British usage, a company is a collection of individuals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_American_and_British_English#Nouns
 
 
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