Grammar Contest Winner(s)

horseMitch Davis, a chiropractor, is the official winner of last week’s grammar contest. A close runner-up is Lyn in the Union of South Africa, who also had the correct answer but sent it in a few hours later than Mitch did.

The challenge was to find the problem with the sentence below:

Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used more than one criteria to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation.

Mitch wrote, “Gonstead did not use one criterion, but several criteria.”

Lyn put it this way: “I think the word ‘criteria’ should be ‘criterion.'”

Correct. The problem is that the sample sentence modifies the plural “criteria” with the adjective “one,” mixing singular and plural. Here are two ways to make it right:

Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used more than one criterion to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation.

Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used several criteria to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation.

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield
Treasurefield Communications

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