There is often confusion over the words bear and bare.
The word bear has many meanings:
|To carry (in many
senses of the word).
come bearing gifts for your chief.
camels do not mate regularly, but we are expecting Tsu Tsu to bear her first baby
small tree bears hundreds of apples every year.
will bear the responsibility for this vandalism?
auntie is the tall lady bearing the green hat.
(Bear means 'to wear' as opposed 'to carry' in this example.)
bears himself with utmost dignity.
Bear also mean 'to carry' in an even looser sense (i.e., to have)
bear a resemblance to your mother.
this document bear your signature?
bear bad news, I'm afraid.
|To endure or to
Taylor cannot bear the constant drone of the generator.
have learnt to bear the cold.
It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one's enemies. It is the successes of one's friends that are hard to bear.
|To maintain a
left at the next two Y junctions.
track bears north for the next 10 miles and then bears east as far as the
|A large mammal.
The adjective 'bare' means uncovered, naked or exposed (i.e.,
without cover, clothing or cladding).
go out in bare feet. You'll catch a cold.
protestor totally bare when he ran in the meeting room?
You need to
cover those pipes. Bare pipes will freeze this winter.
ploughed those fields with his bear hands?
(should be 'bare hands')
Select the correct version:
TRUST THE BEAR |
Writers are very familiar with 'bear' meaning 'a large mammal' (e.g., grizzly
bear). However, the word 'bear' is very versatile. It has many
meanings. When they encounter these other meanings, some writers are
attracted to 'bare' because they know that 'bear' denotes the large mammal.
Well, unless you mean 'exposed or naked' (i.e., bare), then bear is
This idea did not bear fruit.
This idea did not bare fruit.
BORE, BORNE, BORN|
The past tense of 'to bear' is bore.
gifts for the chief.
You bore a
remarkable resemblance to your mother when you were younger.
The past passive participle of 'to bear' is borne.
borne two children since moving to India.
borne by the managerial team was simply too heavy.
However, when talking about birth, the alternative participle 'born' is used
(as an adjective or in a passive
She was born
(born in a passive sentence)
The child was
borne to a witch.
(should be born)
(born as part of an adjective)
Tip: The word before born is often the verb
'to be' (e.g., is, was, were, been).