English - U.S.
Criteria / Criterion
- What is the difference between these two?
- Any examples?
Google should never, EVER be used as an authority on anything, much less the English language.Well, what about "criterions" ? I've come across it on google !
Checked it in my oxford english dictionary and it does not list criterions as a word, it specifically says criteria, singular. Webster's is the American dictionary so if you are speaking US-English it sounds as though it would be correct. I'll stick to proper English though
criterion Pl. criteria; less commonly -ons.
[a. Gr. a means for judging, test, standard, f. judge. In 17th c. often written in Gr. letters.]
a. An organ, faculty or instrument of judging.
Given that the Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition comes in twenty volumes, you shouldn't be too surprised if some of the entries in your 2 volume edition are a bit shorter and show fewer variations.Update: I just checked and yes you are right it does list Criterions as a word online, but not in the edition i have (which, is a fairly extensive two volume leather edition, so I'm guessing it is very uncommon!), however, i retract my previous statement blaming on the Americans!
I would be very surprised to hear someone use "criterions" as a plural.
I'm quite sure that anyone who is aware of the singular form, criterion, would also be aware that it is a singular form.
The word "criteria" is widely-known.
I have very often heard people use "criteria" as singular.