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Here is the sentence :

This data is coherent with 'our' chemical intuition, because the exo form is less sterically hindered.

I really feel like some determiner would be needed, like our would be needed in that context. Am I wrong ?

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  • our intuition about chemistry
    – Lambie
    Apr 16 at 15:31
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    Idiomatically This data is consistent with [related data / principles / etc.], not "coherent with". Apr 16 at 16:31
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Without the "our" a literal reading of

This data is coherent with chemical intuition, because the exo form is less sterically hindered.

is perhaps problematical. It's not clear who has the intuition. But if I saw the sentence written that way I would easily and unthinkingly infer that the intuition belonged to chemists.

(The pedant in me would want to see

These data are coherent with chemical intuition, because the exo form is less sterically hindered.

but that's another question.)

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  • I agree with your pedantic remark. But is it technically correct without the our ?
    – Pastudent
    Apr 16 at 15:38
  • @Pastudent Most web authorities say "data" is a plural noun. But language is changing and the singular use is common. Check links in the search is data singular or plural . Apr 16 at 15:43
  • @Pastudent The our is required to make it clear whose analysis and conclusion it is. Without the our, the statement carries only the authority of the speaker, rather than that of the institution s/he represents. Apr 16 at 19:56
  • intuition is human, not a quality of chemistry.
    – Lambie
    Apr 16 at 20:25
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    @Lambie Yes. So when the explicit "our" is missing I supply it. Apr 17 at 1:45

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