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From: "Michael Opdenacker" <>
To: Richard Purdie <>,
	YP docs mailing list <>
Subject: Re: [docs] "metadata": plural or singular or both?
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:04:25 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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On 7/21/21 6:20 PM, Richard Purdie wrote:
> 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!

Thank you for your feedback.

Here's a more troubling sentence:
"BitBake executes tasks according to provided metadata that builds up
the tasks"

Here, "metadata" is obviously plural because otherwise you would say "a
provided metadata", but it still conjugated as if it was singular.
Doesn't this sentence grate a bit?



Michael Opdenacker, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering

  reply	other threads:[~2021-07-21 17:04 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 ` [docs] " Richard Purdie
2021-07-21 17:04   ` Michael Opdenacker [this message]
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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