What Is Your Criterion?

imagesDoes that subject line look odd to you? If you are referring to only one standard, then “criterion” (singular) is correct:

“My criterion for listening to modern classical music is that it must have a melody I can remember.”

“Criteria,” the plural, is used for more than one standard:

 ” I have several criteria when looking for a new car: it has to be affordable, comfortable, miserly on fuel, and better looking than the Aztec.” *

* Apologies to Walter White

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