born vs borne : Common Errors in English

About born vs borne

This distinction is a bit tricky. When birth is being discussed, the past tense of “bear” is usually “born”: “I was born in a trailer—but it was an Airstream.” Note that the form used here is passive: you are the one somebody else—your mother—bore. But if the form is active, you need an “E” on the end, as in “Midnight has borne another litter of kittens in Dad’s old fishing hat” (Midnight did the bearing).But in other meanings not having to do with birth, “borne” is always the past tense of “bear”: “My brother’s constant teasing about my green hair was more than could be borne.”

born Meaning(s)

  • (n) massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
  • (n) an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
  • (v) have
  • (v) cause to be born
  • (v) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • (v) move while holding up or supporting
  • (v) bring forth,
  • (v) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  • (v) contain or hold; have within
  • (v) bring in
  • (v) have on one's person
  • (v) behave in a certain manner
  • (v) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
  • (v) support or hold in a certain manner
  • (v) be pregnant with
  • (n) British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)
  • (a) brought into existence
  • (s) being talented through inherited qualities

borne Meaning(s)

  • (n) massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
  • (n) an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
  • (v) have
  • (v) cause to be born
  • (v) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • (v) move while holding up or supporting
  • (v) bring forth,
  • (v) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  • (v) contain or hold; have within
  • (v) bring in
  • (v) have on one's person
  • (v) behave in a certain manner
  • (v) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
  • (v) support or hold in a certain manner
  • (v) be pregnant with

born in News

  1. Born named Swampscott boys varsity basketball coach

    David Born, a veteran assistant coach who spent the last 16 years at Watertown High School, has been named the new boys varsity basketball coach at Swampscott, according to athletic director Jon Flanagan. Born started coaching in Watertown years ago,
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Salem News

  2. Born to coach: Swampscott fills boys basketball job

    David Born, an assistant coach in the Watertown High boys basketball program for the past 16 years, is the new Swampscott High boys basketball coach.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Item

  3. Baby Born Along Highway

    A baby was born along the side of Interstate 8 on Wednesday morning, according to officials.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC San Diego

borne in News

  1. Cases of Tick-Borne Diseases Decrease

    KIMT NEWS 3 — An unusually dry spring and summer helped people stay healthy in 2012. That’s because cases of tick-borne diseases decreased last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: KIMT Mason City

  2. Cases of tick-borne diseases decreased markedly in 2012, health officials report

    An unusually warm, dry spring and summer may have contributed to a substantial drop in cases of disease caused by ticks in 2012 in Minnesota, but the decline doesn't mean the risk of illness from tick bites in 2013 will be any less than in most previous years, state health officials reported Monday.The three main tick-borne diseases carried by blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, in ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Brainerd Dispatch

  3. Cases of tick-borne illness in MN down in 2012

    The Minneapolis Department of Health (MDH) says cases of tick-borne diseases decreased significantly in 2012, but warn those numbers are not likely to repeat in 2013.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul

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