I was wondering if-You can say, "I am inclined to be on his side," but the word cannot be used to describe an act of persuasion.
It sounds extremely unnatural. People do not incline themselves.I was wondering if-
"I am inclined to be on his side,"
should be replaced by-
"I incline to be on his side,"
when there is no act of persuasion, since the passive voice suggests there is actually some influence exerted on the speaker.
Inclining to or towards an noun or an adjective is also a common construction.The Prime Minister is believed to be inclining towards an April election.
This definition includes:Another example from Cambridge Dictionaries On-line -
The Prime Minister is believed to be inclining towards an April election.
Frequently, in my opinion, well-educated, highly literate native speakers are to be trusted over dictionaries.Interesting view, saying the actual usage proposed by an individual trumps well-known dictionaries.
You should consider that the illustrative sentences in dictionaries have been written by hard-pressed dictionary writers. It is very difficult to write exemplar sentences.Interesting view, saying the actual usage proposed by an individual trumps well-known dictionaries.
Moreover, "to be inclining" is totally different from "to be inclined".