pondelok, 4. augusta 2014

Born and borne

be born

To talk about coming into the world at birth, we use the passive expression to be born.
     Hundreds of children are born deaf every year.
To give a place or date of birth, we use the simple past: was / were born.
     I was born in 1936. (NOT I am born in 1936.)

     My parents were born in Scotland.

the verb bear

The verb bear (bore, borne) is used to talk about accepting or tolerating difficult experiences. It is most common in the expression can't bear (= hate, can't stand).
     I can't bear her voice.
In a very formal style, bear can be used with other meanings, including 'give, birth to and carry'.
    She bore six children in seven years. (More normal: She had six children ...)

    The king's body was borne away to the cathedral.

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