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"Criteria for admission is social background as well as willingness to actively participate in school acitivities." or "Criteria for admission are social background as well as willingness to actively participate in school acitivities." ??
I don't know whether to take "is" or "are".
asked in English, grammar, sentence



rainchild answers:

"Are" is correct, although both sentences are run-on, vague and awkward. Surely those are not the only criteria? In which case I would say "Criteria INCLUDE ..." But what does social background even mean? Everyone has a social background. Are you going to specify the KIND of social background?


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wumpus answers:

Criteria is a plural, so "are" would be correct.


I would have put "...are social background AND willingness..."
Otherwise it sounds like you're tacking something additional onto a list of one item.


Finally, "willingness to actively participate" is a split infinitive.
Should be "willingness to participate actively"


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