Bare means exposed (e.g., without clothes). For everything else, use bear.
There is often confusion over the words bear and bare.
BearThe word bear has many meanings:
BareThe adjective bare means uncovered, naked or exposed (i.e., without cover, clothing or cladding).
Don't go out in bare feet. You'll catch a cold.
Was the protestor totally bare when he ran in the meeting room?
You need to cover those pipes. Bare pipes will freeze this winter.
Peter 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 correct. For example:
This idea did not bear fruit.
This idea did not bare fruit.
BORE, BORNE, BORN
The past tense of to bear is bore.
They 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.
She has borne two children since moving to India.
The burden 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 sentence.)
She was born in Manchester.
(born in a passive sentence)
The child was borne to a witch.
(should be born)
I was London-born.
(born as part of an adjective)
Tip: The word before born is often the verb to be (e.g., is, was, were, been).
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