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    borne and born

    hi: the pp of "to bear" has two forms: borne and born. which one is british? i googled but found no answer. for me, "borne" seems to be american spelling, but i'm not sure about it. could you help me? thank you

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    Re: borne and born

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    hi: the pp of "to bear" has two forms: borne and born. which one is british? i googled but found no answer. for me, "borne" seems to be american spelling, but i'm not sure about it. could you help me? thank you
    They mean different things. Do you really need to be taught about capitalisation?

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    Re: borne and born

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    They mean different things. Do you really need to be taught about capitalisation?
    bhaisahab, i very much appreciate your reply, in fact, i know the spelling difference now. Anyhow, i really can't see the point of capitalization in my posted question. i'm not a native speaker. could you be a little more specific, please? thank you

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    Re: borne and born

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    'Born' is only used for childbirth. 'Borne' is used for everything else. I highly recommend typing in 'borne' at Dictionary.com and taking a look at the 'Usage Notes' section at the bottom of the page.

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    Re: borne and born

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    bhaisahab, i I very much appreciate your reply, in fact, i I know the spelling difference now. Anyhow, i I really can't see the point of capitalization in my posted question. i I'm not a native speaker. c i Could you be a little more specific, please? t Thank you.
    Native speaker or not, you should know by now that the first word of a sentence begins with a capital letter, and the first person pronoun 'I' is always capitalised.

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    Re: borne and born

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    i really can't see the point of capitalization in my posted question.
    Students look to this forum for good examples of standard English. We have to spend a lot of time educating students in the use of capital letters and correct punctuation.

    We expect those who already have this knowledge to take the trouble to use it as a mark of respect to those of us who take the trouble to help them.

    Rover

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