Is criteria singular or plural?
The plural criteria has been used as a singular for over half a century. let me now return to the third criteria — R. M. Nixon that really is the criteria — Bert Lance Many of our examples, like the two foregoing, are taken from speech. But singular criteria is not uncommon in edited prose, and its use both in speech and writing seems to be increasing. Only time will tell whether it will reach the unquestioned acceptability of agenda.
Examples of criterion in a Sentence
There is really only one criterion for a grab bag of culinary facts and anecdotes like this: It has to make you look up occasionally and remark, “Hey! I never knew that.” —Laura Shapiro, New York Times Book Review, 25 Dec. 1994
… the induction committee waived its normal five-year retirement criteria for fear Kelley might never retire. —Todd Balf, Yankee, 4 Apr. 1992
Christo argues that art must be measured by its effect on the shape of a community. By this criterion Running Fence was enormously successful. —O. B. Hardison, Jr., Disappearing Through the Skylight, 1989
What were the criteria used to choose the winner?
one criterion for grading these essays will be their conformity to the rules of traditional grammar
Recent Examples of criterion from the Web
The basic criteria for becoming a member involves having a general theater background and paying $300 in dues every year, to cover administrative and ceremony costs.
First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded, and entries will be judged on several criteria, including first impression (aesthetic, presentation), closer inspection (filling, crust) and overall impression (creativity, taste), Vodick said.
Sea surface temperatures around the equator are higher than average but not quite enough to meet the criteria.
Cody has the criteria covered to be considered for the College Football Hall of Fame.
That’s a set of criteria that a web can easily meet.
And that was not long enough by their internal criteria to give me credit.
States have tightened up enforcement criteria in recent years, propelled by news reports, Starr’s research and encouragement from the Obama White House.
In keeping with this commitment, many of our institutions are home to young men and women who are undocumented and have met the criteria for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
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Did You Know?
One person's principal criterion for a new car may be its gas mileage, while someone else's may be whether it has room for four children. When filling a job opening, employers usually look for several criteria (notice the plural form) in the applicants; and when college admissions officers are reading student applications, they likewise always keep a few basic criteria in mind. And when interviewing an applicant, one criterion for both the employer and the admissions officer might include the size of the applicant's vocabulary!
Synonym Discussion of criterion
CRITERION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of criterion for English Language Learners
: something that is used as a reason for making a judgment or decision
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