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using Google show both sentences have been used. Which one is more correct?

a more detailed example:

  • Does stats show who read my mail
  • Do the stats show who read my mail
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Google does not show that, as far as I can tell. – snailboat May 10 '14 at 18:26
@snailplane try this for 1st one… and this for 2nd… – Suhaib May 10 '14 at 18:29
I think the problem is "stat" is probably not a real word. (At least I couldn't find it in some dictionaries.) Typically, "stat" is shorten from either "statistic" or "statistics", and that might cause some issues. However, I think it's safer to say "These stats show ..." or "Do these stats show ...?" – Damkerng T. May 10 '14 at 18:41
@CoolHandLouis this is amazing. Thank you – Suhaib May 11 '14 at 16:14

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Simple Do vs Does Corrections

Stats is a short colloquial form of the word statistics. It is the plural version, withe the singular version being simply stat. In this type of question use does if you will use a singular or do with a plural.

Does the stat show who read my mail? Do the stats show who read my mail?

These are both correct and depend on what you are talking about.

Using The vs These

As Damkerng T. mentions using "these" instead of "the" can make the sentence more clear.

Do these stats show who read my mail?

This sentence is better if you are talking about a specific set of statistics. For example: if you are pointing to a Google Analytics page and were asking your systems administrator about what the statistics mean.

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