Which Verb is it? Bear or Bare

The verb to bear is sometimes confused with to bare. Here is a quick tip on the difference.

The verb bear has a variety of meanings: to holdto supportto exhibitto carry oneself in a specific wayto endureto give birth to, bear downbear out, and bear up,bear in mindbring to bear and bear fruit. Its past tense is bore (e.g., it bore fruit).

Bear is also the correct verb in the common phrases grin and bear it and bear the brunt of

The verb bare always means to uncover or expose.

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]

Test Your Knowledge: Choose the Right Word

The chair in the kitchen broke when Jon sat on it; his weight was too much to ____.

Mary looked for her ring everywhere, she even dug through the snow on the driveway until she hit ____   pavement.

Word of the Month

Nescience (n.): Lack of knowledge. Ignorance.

She was surprised at his nescience about baking, although he was a great chef.

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