Weekly Grammar Tip: bias/biased

What’s the difference between ‘bias’ and ‘biased’?

A bias is a personal judgement and is often characterised by prejudice or otherwise being unreasonable or unfounded.

BIAS is a noun, referring directly to the judgement being made.

Your bias about dark chocolate is inexplicable. [Your judgement/prejudice/personal opinion about dark chocolate is inexplicable.]

I have a bias against cheap wine. [I have a judgement/prejudice/personal opinion against cheap wine.]

BIASED is a verb, referring to being bias or judgemental/prejudiced.

Are you biased when it comes to instant coffee? [Are you judgemental when it comes to instant coffee?]

Fergal is biased against red roses. [Fergal is prejudiced against red roses.]

Fern is BIASED when it comes to choosing a white wine because she has a BIAS against Chardonnay.

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