We are back to my Hulk theme this week! As mentioned in my earlier post, the Hulk movie was great, but the “data is” grammar mistake pulled me out of the movie.
I wonder whether someone on the Hulk team might have intentionally made “data” singular because more people might have been distracted by the correct conjugation (“data are”) than the incorrect conjugation (“data is”).
I have applied to many jobs in which the job titles were incorrectly capitalized in the announcement, and I have seen many students who were faced with the same situation. (For the record, do not capitalize a job title unless it appears immediately before someone’s name without a comma.)
When you know what is correct, but you don’t think your audience knows the correct form, what do you do?
Readers, should applicants mimic job announcement capitalization errors? Also, feel free to share your stories about deciding whether to do what is technically correct or whether to do what your audience thinks is correct.