The words born and borne often cause confusion not only because they sound alike and have similar spellings but also because they both originate from the same word bear. Despite these similarities, they actually have different meanings. This post will help you understand this difference between these terms and enable you to use them accurately in your writing.
The word born is the past participle form of the word bear with the particular meaning “to give birth to a child.”
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It may also function as an adjective which means “brought forth by or as if by birth,” “deriving or resulting from,” or “having from birth specified qualities.”
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On the other hand, the term borne is a past participle of the word bear and is used as an adjective meaning “transported or transmitted by.”
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Now that we have discussed the differences between the words born and borne, you should be able to distinguish between these two and use them more effectively in your sentences. Keep in mind that born is related to birth while borne is related to carrying or transporting.