What do you make of the words in bold?

We fully anticipate that this is a story that will continue to evolve as technologies and techniques using big data develop and data, their uses, and their economic benefits grow (alongside associated challenges and risks).

This is a sentence from the excutive summary of Mckinsey‘s “Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity”. I’d like to know what does it mean by “using big data develop and data”. Are “develop” and “data” nouns or verbs in the sentence? Many thanks.

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The word ‘develop’ is a verb and ‘data’ a noun.

‘… a story that will continue to evolve … and develop…’ So, the story will continue to evolve and the story will also continue to develop’. Basically, ’ to develop’ and ‘to evolve’ are almost synonyms here. Let me know if this answers your question.

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It answered my question perfectly. Thank you very much, Torsten, for helping me figure out the structure of that sentence.