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    Smile bias or biases

    Voluntary donations remain far below demand in China, partly deu to cultural biases agaiinst organ removal before burial
    Hello! I learned "bias" is a uncountable noun or countable noun but usually in singual.

    I am wondering why it is in plural in above context? Please help. Thanks!


    Here're the definitions from Cambridge Dictionaries Online.


    bias (PREFERENCE)
    noun
    1 [C usually singular; U]
    a tendency to support or oppose a particular person or thing in an unfair way by allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment:
    The government has accused the media of bias.
    Reporters must be impartial and not show political bias.
    There was clear evidence of a strong bias against her.
    There has always been a slight bias in favour of/towards employing arts graduates in the company.

    2 [C usually singular] a preference towards a particular subject or thing:
    She showed a scientific bias at an early age.
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    Re: bias or biases

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello! I learned "bias" is a uncountable noun or countable noun but usually in singual.

    I am wondering why it is in plural in above context? Please help. Thanks!


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    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    (not a professional teacher).One possible explanation is that more than one culture has such a bias. Here in New Zealand, for example, several cultures feel this way, so it would be appropriate to speak of cultural biases against organ donation.

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    Hi Stuartnz,

    You are helpful. I previous assumption was same with you. China has multi-culture.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: bias or biases

    Yes, I have seen 'biases' being used to refer to various types of bias, though the word itself is an uncountable noun. The same applies to other similar words like prejudices.

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    Hi Tedtmc,

    Thanks for your response. I see.

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