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    "to bear in mind..."

    "senator Kennedy bears a malign tumor..."


    Hi,
    I've heard ''bear'' being used in sentences like this. I wonder if it's correct and if it means the same as "to have". Similarly to the 2nd sentence, can I say that "a woman bears a baby"?
    thanks.

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    Default Re: to bear

    Think of it more as a synonym for "carry" or "keep."

    The tumor example (and "bear in mind" that Senator should also have a capital letter) should be malignant, not malign.

    {As always, not a teacher}

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    thanks. is it possible to say that "a woman bears a baby"?
    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks. is it possible to say that "a woman bears a baby"?
    thanks.
    I am not a teacher.

    Take a look at Babies on the battle lines | Herald Sun

    The reality is that surrogacy - in which a woman bears a baby for another woman - will only ever be an option for a small number of families.

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    Default Re: to bear

    Indeed a woman can bear a baby, whether as a surrogate or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Indeed a woman can bear a baby, whether as a surrogate or not.
    what's a surrogate mother, please?
    a woman that lends her uterus for a couple whose female cannot hold a pregnancy?
    thanks

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    Precisely. But in many cases the surrogate mother is also paid to have the baby.

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