Tendentious

Tendentious


Correct pronunciation:
ten-ˈden(t)-shəs

Definition:

1. Someone that is tendentious expresses a particular opinion or point of view very strongly, especially one that many people disagree with.

2. expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.

3. marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view: BIASED.


If you are writing a report on climate change and you ignore evidence that the earth is warming, the paper might be called tendentious. Tendentious means promoting a specific, and controversial point of view.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS):

adjective


Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?

Answer:

Understanding the different parts of speech is important for understanding how words work and how words can and should be joined to make sentences that are grammatically correct. If a word has multiple meanings, how are people supposed to differentiate what definition is applicable?

Answer:

Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage that a reader can use to understand the meanings of new or unfamiliar words.

Readers will need to especially pay attention to context clues. Doing so will allow them to be able to decide upon the appropriate definition to fit the context in which the word is being used.

Synonyms for the word tendentious:

Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact definition as another word or phrase.


• disposed

• partial

• partisan

• prepossessed

Other word forms of tendentious:

tendentiously = adverb
tendentiousness = noun


Why is knowing various forms of a word important?

Answer:

Knowing the various forms of a word allows the writer to use a word they like in many ways. This allows for creativity and varied sentence structure, which are important to writing well.

Below are forms of tendentious used correctly in different sentence types:

• Because Tonya can be tendentious, her Caucasian co-workers shy away from conversations related to racial inequality. (Complex Sentence)

• Tonya fights for the rights of low-income, minority communities, and she is often viewed as tendentious due to her support for the black lives matter movement. (Compound Sentence).

• Though Tonya is kind, friendly and vivacious, she is not afraid to advocate for the rights of underserved, minority communities, and she tendentiously supports the black lives matter movement. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• “The tendentiousness amongst the crowd was clearly evident at the black lives matter protest,” said Tonya. (Simple Sentence)

In the above examples, we have provided the four English sentence types as examples to give you a visual of how each sentence type should be structured.

Activity:

1. Write three complex sentences using the word tendentious.

A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause.

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence.

A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.


2. Write two compound sentences using the word tendentious.

A compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.


3. Write four simple sentences using the noun, adjective, and adverb word forms for tendentious.


4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).


5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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