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Shall I choose my estate agent based on a punctuation error?

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milkwasabadchoice Wed 24-Apr-13 13:29:34

Obviously it's not the only criteria, but the decision has come down to two agents. One has an "it's" on its website that should be an "its".

This seems to have tipped the scales in favour of the other agent.

Is this madness? It seems a bit mad, but if you can't bloody punctuate properly on your website, you are a tad crap, IMHO. What do you think?

Cooroo Wed 24-Apr-13 15:45:19

LOL at bunaglows.

SconeRhymesWithGone Wed 24-Apr-13 23:32:11

I use "criterion." Pedants' Corner is my favorite part of Mumsnet. smile

GibberTheMonkey Thu 25-Apr-13 07:49:43

Mehrida- bedrooms? No I was querying why criterium was correct over criteria. I don't know the rules (rubbish education, want to learn) but the rule that was given didn't seem to work for me.

streakybacon Thu 25-Apr-13 07:52:42

I'm more surprised that you only found one error. Estate agents' particulars are usually littered with them.

dotty I'd have avoided that school too.

<Criterion here too, though I get funny looks for it wink).

MirandaWest Thu 25-Apr-13 07:54:07

I use criterion. But I can be a little pedantic blush.

It would annoy me if an estate agency used it's when they meant its.

Cooroo Thu 25-Apr-13 12:45:19

GibberTheMonkey - originally (? Greek? have to look it up), 'criterion' meant one condition that has to be fulfilled, and 'criteria' meant many.

So the OP referred to punctuation being not the 'only criteria' and I made the point that that should be 'only criterion'.

Explanation offered because you said you wanted to know - but I wouldn't sweat about it!

GibberTheMonkey Thu 25-Apr-13 13:23:38

The question I was asking was, the op said 'it was not the only' implying there is more than one surely?

That's why I was asking because we were then told the rule was criteria for plural and as I thought that was plural .
Never mind I don't understand it.

GibberTheMonkey Thu 25-Apr-13 13:27:14

Actually I do get it now by having a think but not because of this thread grin

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 25-Apr-13 14:26:15

one criterion - one condition, one necessary point.
criteria - two or more conditions or necessary points.
(like bedrooms is the plural of bedroom, criteria is the plural of criterion.)

In fact, maybe we should use more latin/greek/old english plurals - we might find that bloody apostrophe being used less.

like brother/brethren, child/children, ox/oxen, stadium/stadia, criterion/criteria, datum/data

UniqueAndAmazing Thu 25-Apr-13 14:27:12

"The question I was asking was, the op said 'it was not the only' implying there is more than one surely? "

This is not the only criterion
These are not the only criteria.

this is not the only baby
these are not the only babies.

it works in exactly the same way as all plurals.

starkadder Mon 06-May-13 21:24:50

I say criterion too smile. Never thought there was anything weird about that. I wouldn't go as far as saying "datum" or even "the data are" though.

starkadder Mon 06-May-13 21:25:19

Ps definitely choose the grammatical EA

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Tue 07-May-13 22:13:52

YANBU, OP. Yes, you should.

MirandaGoshawk Thu 09-May-13 21:35:27

OP - I wouldn't use an estate agent that had spelling mistakes. Would drive me nuts.

miffybun73 Thu 20-Jun-13 21:53:39

Yes, I would.

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