Wondering whether to use ‘criteria’ or ‘criterion’? And what is the difference between these two words? We’ll answer that in detail in this article, plus teach you how to use both correctly in a sentence.
In short, the difference is:
Since you know that ‘criterion’ is the singular version and ‘criteria’ is the plural version, you’d use them that way.
For example, you might say, “There are certain criteria you must meet” when discussing multiple sets of standards.
You’d say, “There’s a criterion you have to meet,” when referring to one standard someone might have to meet.
‘Criteria’ and ‘criterion’ are two versions of the same word. The former is the plural version, and the latter is the singular version.
That’s really the only difference. But they can’t be used interchangeably because they’re in two different tenses, and your sentences would not be grammatical.
Make sure your subject always agrees with your verb.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘criterion’ and ‘criteria’ is a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based. It could also mean a trait or a mark that characterizes someone or something.
Synonyms of the word include:
Wondering how to pronounce ‘criteria’ and ‘criterion’? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know how to pronounce these words and what they mean let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence correctly.
Let’s start with ‘criteria.’
Now let’s see some examples of how to use ‘criterion.’
To recap, we learned that ‘criterion’ is the singular version of the word and ‘criteria’ is the plural form of the word. They both mean a standard of judgment or criticism. So, you know not to use them interchangeably.
If you ever get stuck on this, you can always come back for a quick refresher. We’ve got a ton of content on other confusing words and phrases in the English language. Go check it out.
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