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The difference between “naked” and “bear”

The difference between“naked“y“Very“

“Naked“y“very“they are easy to confuse. The confusion arises because, knowing that a“very“is a large mammal (for example, a brown bear), writers feel uncomfortable using“very“in its other meanings. In fact,“very“It is a very versatile word.“Bare“it is much less versatile. It means empty or exposed (for example, without clothes). Here are some common expressions with“very“:

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  • Bear with me
  • Bear fruit
  • Bear in mind
  • Bear the cost
  • Bear the pain
  • Bear the brunt
  • Bear the burden
  • Bear the consequences
  • Bear the thought
  • Bear the weight
  • Bear the name


  • “Bare“means empty or exposed (e.g., without clothes).
  • For everything else, use“bear.“

Note: The term“bear fruit“usa“but“no“naked“. (This term is often misspelled as“bear fruit“).

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The adjective“naked“means uncovered, naked, exposed (ie without covering, clothing, or covering), or empty.

Example sentences with“naked“:

  • Don’t go out in bare feet. You’ll catch a cold. ✔️
  • Was the protestor totally bare when he ran in the meeting room? ✔️
  • You need to cover those pipes. Bare pipes will freeze this winter. ✔️
  • We haven’t done our grocery shopping this week, and I’m afraid the cupboards are bare. ✔️
  • Peter ploughed those fields with his bear hands? ❌
    (This should be“bare hands.“)


The word“very“has four main meanings:

(1) To carry (in many senses of the word).

  • We come bearing gifts for your chief. ✔️
  • Our camels do not mate regularly, but we are expecting Tsu Tsu to bear her first baby next season. ✔️
  • This small tree bears hundreds of apples every year. ✔️
  • Who will bear the responsibility for this vandalism? ✔️
  • My auntie is the tall lady bearing the green hat. ✔️
    (Bear means“to wear“as opposed“to carry“in this example.)
  • He bears himself with utmost dignity. ✔️
    (Bear can mean“to carry“in an even looser sense.)
  • You bear a resemblance to your mother. ✔️
  • Does this document bear your signature? ✔️
  • I bear bad news, I’m afraid. ✔️

(2) To endure or to tolerate.

  • Mrs Taylor cannot bear the constant drone of the generator.
  • I have learnt to bear the cold.
  • It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear. (Playwright Oscar Wilde)

(3) To maintain a direction.

  • Bear left at the next two Y junctions.
  • This track bears north for the next 10 miles and then bears east as far as the lake.

(4) A large mammal.

Bore, Borne, and Born

The past tense of“to bear“It’s boring. For example:

  • They bore gifts for the chief. ✔️
  • You bore a remarkable resemblance to your mother when you were younger. ✔️

Se lleva el participio pasado pasivo de“to bear“. For example:

  • The burden borne by the managerial team was simply too heavy. ✔️

However, when speaking of birth, the alternative participle is used“born“(as an adjective or in a passive sentence). For example:

  • I was London-born. ✔️
    (Here,“born“is part of an adjective.)
  • She was born in New York. ✔️
    (This is“born“in a passive sentence.)
  • The child was borne to a witch. ❌
    (This should be“born.“)

Note: The word before“born“is usually the verb to be (for example,“es“,“it was“,“were“,“state“).

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