It’s time for my weekly 5 Minute Grammar Rant. Bias/biased is an error I come across a lot in my college composition classes and in blogs I read. It drives me nuts, honestly.
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Bias? or Biased?
Here’s the deal. BIAS is a noun. BIASED is an adjective.
A person should never be described as BIAS because ADJECTIVES describe nouns.
It’s proper English to talk about BIASED PEOPLE. A person can BE biased or HAVE a bias. For instance:
- I am a biased mom and think my kids are the cutest kids on earth.
- I have a BIAS and think my kids are the cutest kids on the earth. OR
- I am BIASED – my kids are the cutest kids on earth.
It’s NOT proper to say –
- I am bias – my kids are the cutest kids on the earth.
It’s simple! Just remember AM BIASED or HAVE A BIAS. That’s all there is to it. 🙂
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