Friday, May 11, 2012

English Help: Borne - Born

These two sound-alike words in English are very easy to mistake - born and borne. Here are some proverbs and quotations to show the difference.

BORNE. This is the participal form of the verb "bear." So, if you bear a heavy burden, that burden is "borne" by you. If something is unbearable, that means it cannot be "borne."

The burden which is well borne becomes light
. [Ovid, ancient Roman poet]

Adversity is easier borne than prosperity forgotten. [English proverb]

BORN. This spelling of the word refers to birth and being born.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em. [Shakespeare, Twelfth Night]

It is better to be born lucky than rich. [English proverb]

Because a man is born in a stable that does not make him a horse
. [English proverb]

The children of cats are born to catch rats. [medieval Latin proverb]

(The medieval Laitn saying:
Cattorum nati sunt mures prendere nati.)

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