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WORD! Couldn’t ‘Bear’ to be Away

February 27, 2011

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As I was typing “Bear in Mind” I thought, that can’t be right…so I switched to “Bare in Mind”…nope, seemed to refer to nakedness…so I turned to the grammarist to ‘remember’ the difference between the homophones bare and bear.

Bare: is an adjective, that means lacking clothing, naked, exposed to view, or lacking adornment. As a verb it means to make bare, to uncover, or to expose—for example:

Blowing and drifting snow and cold temperatures continued to make it difficult for any of the snow removers to reach bare pavement. [Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette]

Now, however, the 31-year-old television presenter has agreed to bare all in a confessional internet diary. [Telegraph]

Bear has no adjective definition. When not denoting the large mammal, bear is a verb with a variety of meanings, none of which are to uncover or to expose. A few of its meanings are to hold, to support, to exhibit, to carry oneself in a specified way, to endure, to give birth to, and to yield (especially fruit).

Bear is the correct spelling in the phrasal verbs bear down, bear out, and bear up. It’s also the correct word in the idioms bear down on, bear fruit, bear in mind, and bring to bear and in the common phrases grin and bear it and bear the brunt of.

Bear in mind too that other employment indices have been strong. [The Business Insider]

The debate on the House floor came down to the right to bear arms versus the rights of private property owners. [Daily Herald]

SAC will bear the brunt of any costs arising from the probe . . . [New York Post]

We hope you can bear to use bare and bear correctly this week!

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