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    verb "To bear" in the meaning "to carry"

    Can you help me with verb "to bear". How often is it used in the meaning "to carry from one place to another, or to transport"? Do such phrases, as "to bear a bag" or "to bear my suitcase" sound normal, not old-fashioned, for native speakers? If yes, then what's the difference between phrases "to carry a bag" and "to bear a bag"?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: verb "To bear" in the meaning "to carry"

    We don't use it much in BrE for that meaning. "To bear a child" is quite common which means to give birth to a baby. We also say that trees "bear fruit" but that means that they produce it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: verb "To bear" in the meaning "to carry"

    Here are some common ways it's used to mean 'carry': to bear arms*, to bear a grudge, to bear a load, to bear an injury, to bear a heavy burden, bearing gifts.
    You'll never need to use these terms, but you should understand them. Use 'carry' for normal things.

    * Not to be confused with "baring your arms".

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