Criteria vs Eligibility - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between criteria and eligibility
is that criteria
is while eligibility
is the state, quality, or the fact of being eligible.
(nonstandard, proscribed) A single criterion.
* The word criteria'' is often treated as singular or even uncountable, but these uses are usually still considered incorrect; the standard singular form is ''criterion''. The standard and most common plural form is ''criteria''; less common is ''criterions''.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criterion Merriam-Webster]: "The plural ''criteria'' has been used as a singular for over half a century . Many of our examples, like the two foregoing, are taken from speech. But singular ''criteria'' is not uncommon in edited prose, and its use both in speech and writing seems to be increasing. Only time will tell whether it will reach the unquestioned acceptability of ''agenda''."
[[http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/criterion American Heritage: "Like the analogous etymological plurals ''agenda'' and ''data'', ''criteria ] is widely used as a singular form. Unlike them, however, it is not yet acceptable in that use."
The state, quality, or the fact of being eligible.