Whenever I see the verb "bias" being used in a sentence, it is always used as a verbal. Can it be used as a verb (example please!)? If it cannot, is there a special name for verbs that can only be used as verbals, and are there other cases of this scenario with different verbs? For example, bias can be used as "The boy was biased" or "The biased argument was quashed." I have never seen the verb as "I will bias you after I state my argument."

  • Bias the grid with seven volts.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 1:55
  • I think your preconceptions biased you against finding examples of the word being used as a plain verb.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 2:56
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    "Can it be used as a verb (example please!)?" I wouldn't want to bias any full answers, but personally I am biased towards this verb's use in the passive voice. Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 5:50

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"Can it be used as a verb?" -- Sure, as a transitive verb even!

bias (Collins)

  1. verb
    To bias someone means to influence them in favour of a particular choice.
    We mustn't allow it to bias our teaching.
    Synonyms: influence, colour, weight, prejudice
  • "I will bias you after I state my argument" is grammatical, but sounds a bit, hm..., too forward-biased?
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 9:38

It's a technical use, but Electrical Engineers often say "we bias the gate of the transistor with a current of...'

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