WOTW: tend

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - tend


Tend” is a verb with two very different meanings. Let’s find out what they are and look at some examples.


The most common meaning of the verb “tend” is regularly do or behave in a particular way, or have a particular feature.


+ Written English tends to be more formal than spoken English.

+ She tends to be late.

+ He tends to do everything as cheaply as possible.

+ Most people who take TOEIC tend to run short on time in the reading section.

+ When I was younger, I tended to drink too much.

+ Apartments in Japan tend to be smaller than the US.


The noun form is “tendency”.


The second meaning of the verb “tend” is to care for or look after something.


+ She tends to the plants on her balcony every morning.

+ The fire-fighters tended to people injured in the gas explosion.

+ She tended to his needs while he was recovering from illness.

+ I like to tend my garden. It’s relaxing.


The pronunciation is / tɛnd /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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