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    GeneD is offline Senior Member
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    bare or bear

    I hate my job so much I can’t bare going to work, but if I quit I don’t think I can get another job.

    Having read it, I perceived "bare" as "bear". Do I get something wrong, or is it a typo?
    Last edited by GeneD; 20-Aug-2017 at 14:45.

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    bubbha is offline Senior Member
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    Re: bare or bear

    It should be "bear".
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    Re: bare or bear

    Sorry, but I simply can't resist posting merely to point out my long-standing signature which puns on these homophones.

    That is all.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: bare or bear

    It's a common mistake.

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    Re: bare or bear

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's a common mistake.
    ...because the two words are pronounced exactly the same.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: bare or bear

    And because "bear" is an animal. Good job spotting such a detail.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: bare or bear

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    ...because the two words are pronounced exactly the same.
    Like here/hear- the wrong one often comes out when people are typing at speed.

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    Re: bare or bear

    ... and spellchecks don't flag them up as wrong because they have both words in their data banks.

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