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In addition to badroit's excellent answer: Tend be is unplottable on an NGRAM. If you are unfamiliar with its use, an NGRAM is a search for a word form or string within an entire corpus of literature which can compare its relative prevalence (statistical probability of occurrence). When asking a question of this type, plotting an NGRAM can often help ...


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The OED provides for no such usage. Adapting the examples: 1) Tend can be used with to/towards. Walter tended to run. or Walter tended towards corpulence. or ... tends towards infinity. 2) Tend can be used with an adverbial: fire is hot and tends upwards No dictionary seems to provide for a usage like: ... tend be ... ...



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