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Similar but different: BORN and BORNE

19/04/16 Do you know the difference between ‘BORN’ & ‘BORNE’?


To talk about coming into the world at birth, we usually use the passive verb to be born.
Hundreds of children are born deaf every year.

To give somebody’s place or date of birth, we use the simple past tense was/were born.
I was born in 1973. (NOT I am born in 1973.)
My parents were born in England.

There is also a verb bear (bore, borne). This verb is most often used in the expression can’t bear (= “hate,” “can’t stand”)
I can’t bear her voice.

Bear also means to assume or accept (something, such as cost or responsibility).
The costs shall be borne by the two of them in equal parts.


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