criterion


criterion
criterion
meaning ‘a principle or standard by which something is judged’, has a plural criteria. This plural form is often taken to be singular, a use that is not standard:

• A report…will tell councillors that the bidding criteria has significantly changed since the previous bid —Rochdale Observer, 2002.

The following examples illustrate correct uses of the singular and plural:

• The Ottoman Empire…was a multi-national state,…the criterion of differentiation among its subjects was religion and not nationality —A. Mango, 1971

• Some possible criteria for this area of work are listed below —J. Thorpe, 1989

• Thus stated, Hume's criterion is quite vague —J. Losee, 2001.

In order to render criteria effectively singular, a collective such as set can be used:

• However, we may wish to use a different set of criteria —A. Lawton et al., 1991

• The study's findings would be measured against a group of criteria —Lloyd's List, 1994.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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