What would be more correct?
"There IS/ARE few data on the incidence of infections"
As a native English speaking translators/editor myself, I've just come up against this in a paper I'm proofreading.If this is something for scientists and academics, I would say, "There are few data" since they usually prefer to respect the plural meaning of the word "data."
If this is for the general public, et al., I would say, "There is little data" since the general public consider this an uncountable noun (a little data, some data, but not "a datum" or "three data").
In the real world, I don't think many native speakers would say "there is little couscous in the container" - even though it may be grammatically correct - and the more "normal" way of expressing the notion would be "there isn't much couscous…".Hi all,
So regardless of the plurality of "data", isn't "little" the point rather than "data"? "There is little couscous in the container" would also be correct. Implied is that there is little of whatever, I think. And it's "little" that the verb must match, yes? "Few" for countable and "little" for uncountable, I'd say, reflecting number and amount, respectively. I'd be happy if anyone had further thoughts.