Language tip of the week: tendencyPosted by Kati Sule on February 28, 2013
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week some advice about the noun tendency:
When a verb comes after tendency, use the pattern tendency to do something (not ‘tendency of doing something’):
tendency of acceptinganything written on a piece of paper
✓ …the tendency to accept anything written on a piece of paper
tendency of treatingthe Holocaust as if it had never happened
✓ …the tendency to treat the Holocaust as if it had never happened
When another noun comes after tendency, the usual preposition is towards (not ‘of’):
✗ There is a
tendency ofisolation in modern society.
✓ There is a tendency towards isolation in modern society.
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