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January 25, 1965

"This Phenomena"

JAMA. 1965;191(4):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080040088037

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To the Editor:—  Probably because of lack of training in the classical languages, we have allowed some odd expressions to invade our language. An example can be found in the Nov 16, 1964, issue of The Journal (190:589), where one reads: "This phenomena could be comparable...." Since the singular is phenomenon, and the plural, phenomena, obviously the sentence should read either "This phenomenon" or "These phenomena." A similar error often encountered is "this criteria."

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