The Mirrorball Man wrote:
I'm sorry, you obviously feel very passionate about this.
It's not about passion, it's about understanding the subject and being concerned for accuracy. You're making oversimplified assumptions that do not track with the facts.
Data being a fictional character first and foremost, I think your rationale works, but so does mine.
Obviously your rationale doesn't
work to explain the fiction, because it contradicts what's in the fiction. You can say all you want that it should
be easy for Data to use contractions, but the evidence before us is that it isn't. Therefore your opinion doesn't work as an explanation for the evidence. It's just wishful thinking.