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From: "Richard Purdie" <richard.purdie@linuxfoundation.org>
To: Michael Opdenacker <michael.opdenacker@bootlin.com>,
	YP docs mailing list <docs@lists.yoctoproject.org>
Subject: Re: [docs] "metadata": plural or singular or both?
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:20:49 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <db9ccfa4d7a7c41b6f926366918a71c76c37ce7c.camel@linuxfoundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <8b294bc7-ab17-3dab-2cf6-ef2af316ca00@bootlin.com>

Hi Michael,

On Wed, 2021-07-21 at 18:11 +0200, Michael Opdenacker wrote:
> I'm currently reading BitBake's documentation, and I'm always
> uncomfortable when I read "Metadata is", while I know that in English
> and in Latin, "data" is the plural of "datum". However, many people seem
> to use "data" as singular.
> 
> I also find confusing that actually "metadata" is both used:
> 
>   * in plural form as in: "Split metadata into layers and allow layers
>     to enhance or override other layers."
>   * in singular form as in: "Metadata is stored in recipe (|.bb|) and
>     related recipe “append” (|.bbappend|) files"
> 
> How do you feel about this? I'm especially interested in the feedback
> from native English speakers, which I'm not.

Personally, I'd read both of those sentences above as being correct and
they sound fine to me as a native speaker. There are other things in the
manual that probably grate on me a bit but not that!

Cheers,

Richard


  reply	other threads:[~2021-07-21 16:20 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-07-21 16:11 Michael Opdenacker
2021-07-21 16:20 ` Richard Purdie [this message]
2021-07-21 17:04   ` [docs] " Michael Opdenacker
2021-07-22  6:40     ` Richard Purdie
2021-07-29 13:01       ` [PATCH] doc: bitbake-user-manual: grammar fix for the number of "metadata" Michael Opdenacker
2021-07-29 13:05         ` [bitbake-devel] " Quentin Schulz
2021-07-29 13:09           ` [docs] " Michael Opdenacker
2021-07-29 21:31           ` Richard Purdie
2021-07-30 10:29             ` [PATCH v4] " Michael Opdenacker
2021-07-30 10:33             ` [docs] [bitbake-devel] [PATCH] " Michael Opdenacker

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