Grammar Today


My children, it has come to my attention, as I peruse the scribblings of some of you, that there is a bit of confusion regarding the usage of the verb bear as in "to bear" or "to carry" or "to endure." Many seem unaware of this use of the verb and use instead--or misuse, if you please--the homophone bare , which has an entirely different meaning. Now, as a verb, "to bare" is "to reveal." As an adjective, "bare" has many meanings, most of which I shall not stoop to mention in this company. It is far too easy for some of you naughty children to entertain impure thoughts at mere words.

In short, my children, remember to use the proper word when referring to carrying or enduring, the simple but powerful bear.

Good day and good grammar.

Sister Mary Grammatica, SGJ

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