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Homophones are a group of words, which have similar pronunciation and spelt differently and also have different meanings. In the English language, there many such words exist E.g. ‘except & accept’, ‘peace & piece’, ‘stair & stare’, ‘here & hear’ so on.
Bear and bare are one of the homophones, which has similar pronunciation and spelt differently and also have different meanings altogether. People usually confuse themselves while using these words, it is important to know the meaning and differences and appropriate way of using them. Or else it will give a different meaning to sentences.
Bear vs Bare
The difference between the bear and bare is that bear is a verb used to describe the fact of carrying something, it can be tangible and intangible and bare is an adjective and used to describe something that is uncovered or exposed.
Bear means carry something, tolerate or endure. As can be seen, it has different meanings. The word bear can be a noun or a verb and used differently as well. As a noun bear is the name of the animal and as a verb bear means to carry something.
Bare is an adjective, which has only one meaning. It means uncovered, naked or exposed. It also used to describe basic, straightforward, or plain without any addition.
Comparison Table Between Bear and Bare (in Tabular Form)
|Parameter of Comparison||Bear||Bare|
|Meaning||It means holding on to something.||Exposure, Nakedness, Emptiness|
|Grammar||It is a verb||It is an adjective|
|Past tense||The past tense of the word bear is ‘bore’||The past tense of bare is ‘bared’|
|limitation||It cannot be used as an adjective||It cannot be used as the noun|
|Usage||It is also used as a noun and has multiple meanings, thus the usage differs.||It has only one meaning. The usage of the word more or less means the same thing.|
What is Bear?
Bear is a word that can be used as a noun or a verb. Obviously, in a homophone, the word bear is considered to be the verb and it means to hold an object or a feeling within themselves.
- Please bear the pain, I am going to inject you with a needle.
- Can you not bear the luggage for some time?
The bear can be used as a noun when we explain the strong wild animal. And it can be used in the sentences when we carry something, tolerate something, when we need support, to give birth, and accepting something unusual. The bear word is widely used in the stock markets too.
As a noun when referring to the strong wild animal
- During winter bears occupy their caves for a longer period.
- Honey is the favourite food for bears.
When ‘bear’ is used to something to carry and support
- It is difficult to bear a baby in the womb for nine months.
- Please carry the bag which bears the weight of vegetables.
When describing the birth or delivery
- Last week dog bore 4 puppies.
- He born last year in England.
To tolerate or endure something
- Please let them know, what’s happening I cannot bear any more
- He cannot bear the pain of the accident
When taking authority or liability for something
- The team has to bear the punishment for one’s mistake.
- Teachers have to bear responsibility if students fail in the exams.
When have to pay for something
- If delivery delays then the company has to bear the compensation
- The company has to bear the travel expenses.
What is Bare?
Bare is an adjective, that describes openness. It also means emptiness. The literal meanings can be naked, exposed and so on.
Bare is used to refer to the person or any body part and is also used as a regular verb. When using the bare as a verb it gives the meaning of to reveal or to describe the aspect of something. It also used to describe which something is empty. Sometimes it also used as synonyms to basic.
When describing something that is uncovered
- Don’t walk on stones with bare feet.
- Do not go bare hands to the wedding.
When using the word ‘Bare’ to explain the plain, straightforward, and simple, without any addition
- The media explored the bare facts of a politician.
- The public is asking bare details about the project.
When describing the emptiness of something
- When I opened the drawer it was bare
- Her computer is bare does not have any information.
Sometimes when want to replace the word basic or mere
- The economy needs to fulfil the bare necessities of people.
- Barely she walked for a kilometre
When want to expose something
- The doctor asked to show barefoot to check on allergies
- Don’t bare to show to teeth after a food, its dirty.
Main Differences Between Bear and Bare
- The main difference between bear and bare is bear is to tolerating factor of carrying something while bare is the literal openness of physical or emotional factors.
- In the parts of speech in English Grammar, the word bear is the verb and bare is an adjective.
- The past tense of the bear is ‘bore’. Whereas for bare it is ‘bared’.
- The word bear cannot be used as an adjective while the word bare cannot be used as the noun.
- The usage of the word bear is varied while bare can have only one way of using that describes emptiness in all forms.
The homophones are tricky, as they have two extreme meanings. In the case of ‘bear’ and ‘bare’, they have different meanings. Moreover, both are used in different contexts. First up, a bear is an animal and ‘bare’ does not go any close to an animal unless you don’t have bare minimum weapons to confront one.
The misuse of these words can indicate a different meaning it changes the context. Say for example, ‘ I saw a bare’ – Now, Bare what? Or ‘I have bare minimum funds with me’ – it is meaningless. This can be understood only when you get to know the context and meaning. While speaking, it does make more sense as the pronunciation does not differ. That’s the funny part of English.
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