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    Red face Use of "tend to"

    Are the following use of tend to correct?

    1. His personality is too good. You will tend to give him the job once you meet him.
    2. You will tend to fall in love once you meet her.
    3. He respects his boss very much and tends to do whatever he says.
    4. He would tend to offer his bike if you requested him. He is a simple person.
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    #2

    Re: Use of "tend to"

    The only one that sounds natural to me is #3.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Use of "tend to"

    Quote Originally Posted by GentleBoy View Post
    Are the following use of tend to correct?

    1. His personality is too good. You will tend to give him the job once you meet him. The two sentences are contradictory or at least incompatible. In the first sentence, the inference is that his personality is more than required for the job (too good) i.e. it exceeds the requirements for the job.
    2. You will tend to fall in love once you meet her. OK as an exaggeration , but realistically not probable.
    3. He respects his boss very much and tends to do whatever he say s. OK.
    4. He would tend to offer his bike if you requested him. He is a simple person. Again, as in #1, the sentences are not compatible. Rather, "He would offer his bike if you asked. He's a generous person".
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    #4

    Re: Use of "tend to"

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
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    How can I form the following sentences if I want to say "somebody is inclined to do something".

    He would (be inclined to) offer his bike if you requested. He's a generous person.

    His personality is so good, that You will (be inclined to ) give him the job once you meet him.

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    #5

    Re: Use of "tend to"

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    Those sentences work.

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    Re: Use of "tend to"

    'inclined to' or 'likely to'.

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    Re: Use of "tend to"

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    The only one that sounds natural to me is #3.
    Well spotted:up

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    Re: Use of "tend to"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'inclined to' or 'likely to'.

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    As I have understood we can use "tend to" as an alternative to "inclined to".
    Then why can't we use "tend to" in these sentences. How should I use them?



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    #9

    Re: Use of "tend to"

    Quote Originally Posted by GentleBoy View Post
    As I have understood we can use "tend to" as an alternative to "inclined to".
    Then why can't we use "tend to" in these sentences. How should I use them?


    In certain contexts they can mean the same, but in the context of your examples "tend to" doesn't work, it isn't natural. As BobK suggested, use "inclined to" or "likely to".

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