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The established criteria on which to make these determinations was recommended by the Committee. These criteria are as follows: ...

or should I write, ....Those criteria are as follows:...

Jenn

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closed as unclear what you're asking by RegDwigнt Dec 10 '13 at 18:46

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I would write "were recommended" as criteria is plural. As to these v. those, you could use either, but I'd use simply the. –  Cerberus Dec 10 '13 at 18:44
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So the question in the title is about criteria, while the question in the body is about choosing between those and these. Adding into the mix that there are other problems with the sentence (preposition choice and treating the same word as both singular and plural at the same time), this amounts to proofreading, which is plain off-topic here. Please clarify what your actual question is, what alternatives you are considering, which of them you think are wrong, and why. –  RegDwigнt Dec 10 '13 at 18:49
    
I apologize for the lack of clarity. I am writing a decision and wanted to ensure the correct use of criteria and its tense. –  Jennifer MacDonald Dec 10 '13 at 19:04
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‘Criteria’ is a noun: it does not have tenses. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 10 '13 at 19:06
    
Oh my, I am really starting on the wrong foot. I meant to ask if the determiner should be those or these and if it was singular or plural. My apologies once more. I am on a strict deadline. –  Jennifer MacDonald Dec 10 '13 at 19:13

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Criteria is the plural of criterion. Whether it will remain so is another matter, but for the moment it needs the plural verbs, were and are, and a plural determiner, those or these.

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