Data Using Contractions
Lore says that there are differences between him and Data, among
them, the ability of Lore being able to use contractions, while
Data couldn't. Yet, in "The Offspring",
Data says that he "hadn't quite mastered" contractions. It
appears that Data can use contractions, as the following shows
indicate . . . .
"Encounter at Farpoint"
- At the beginning of the "post Atomic-horror" courtroom, when Q
enters, Data says, "At least we're acquainted with the judge,
Captain." Also, when Data is asked by a very familiar "Admiral"
if he is a Vulcan, Data replies, "No sir, I'm an android."
"The Naked Now"
- In the teaser, Data says, "Captain, what we've just heard
is...impossible." Then, during act one, while on the science
vessel, Data says: "Correction, sir.. that's blown out." instead
of "that is". Then, after being examined by Dr. Crusher, Data
says "I'm already listed in several bio-mechanical texts."
Later, after Picard orders Yar to the sick bay, Yar asks "Did he
say when?", to which Data replies "I'm sure he meant now." In
this same scene, "Chronological age, no. I'm afaid I am not...."
"Code of Honor"
- After telling the joke about kiddlelies (?), which contains
two contractions, Data says, "I've told 662 jokes." On the
planet, where Data and Geordi have beamed down to examine the
weapons to be used in the fight, Picard speculates as to the use
of a number of metal lengths in the yard. Data answers at some
length as to their possible uses, and is cut off by Picard -
Picard: "Thank you, Data". Data: "You're welcome, sir." Back on
board the Enterprise, Data is briefing Riker as to Picard's
plan. Data: "I'm here to brief you on what he wants."
"The Last Outpost"
- During the conversation with Sentry, Data clearly said "I'm
6. "Where No Man
Has Gone Before" - After they shot out of the galaxy and were
looking at all the nice special effects outside, Data said
something like, "It's beautiful".
- In the teaser, in response to Tasha's query about holding the
memory of over 411 people, Data responds, "Actually, I'm quite
efficient in some basic human information." Then, in act one, on
the way to the place where he was found, in response to Tasha's
query about the colonist's memories, Data replies, "I've always
felt that it was done hurriedly, but I know little more." Next,
in Act Two, in a conversation with Chief Argyle, Data says,
"I've been most anxious to hear the Chief Engineer's opinion,
Mr. Argyle." Then, in the final act, after the fight with Lore,
Picard asks Data if he's ok, in which Data replies, "Yes Sir,
I'm fine." This is quite surprising, since this is one episode
which they should have been extra careful about using
"Elementary, Dear Data"
- When Data and Geordi are just about to confront Moriarty for
the first time, Data notices some scratches near Moriarty's
secret entrance and he asks, "What's this?"
- In the Captain's quarters, after Picard answers Data's
question about Admiral Halftel having children, Data replies,
"I'm forced to wonder how much experience he had as a parent
when his first child was born."
- The future Data uses a contraction.
- When entering Jenna's quarters, Data recites several phrases
with contractions, including "Honey, I'm Home" and "You don't
tell me what to do! You're not my mother!" - a clear
contradiction of the no-contraction rule. However, he was
running a program in which he was simply reciting various
phrases couples use, and he was saying them in a different tone
of voice than usual.
135. "The Quality
of Life" - Data clearly states "The transporter
controls are not malfunctioning. I've locked out the controls."