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Phenomenon or Phenomena

One is singular; the other is plural.

By
Mignon Fogarty ,
September 6, 2013

"Phenomenon" Versus "Phenomena"

Phenomenon comes to English from Greek through Latin—kind of like criterion, which came directly from Greek. 

Singular

Phenomenon

Criterion

Plural

Phenomena

Criteria

Quick and Dirty Tip: Remember that phenomenon is singular by noting that the non at the end sounds like one.

phenomenon or phenomena

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