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Difference Between Born and Borne

Born vs Borne

“Born” and “borne” are both forms of the word “bear.” They have different usages in the English language and can be explained with the help of dictionary meanings and examples.


“Born” is used as an adjective. It means brought forth by or brought into life by birth as a baby from a woman’s womb. For example, The child was born at dawn.
Begun, the root cause of, or developed from a specific source. For example, Recognition born of hard labor.
Naturally occurring, having an innate characteristic or natural talent. For example, She was a born singer.
Native, used in combination, for example, Indian-born.
Resulting or deriving from, used in combination, for example, Poverty-born problems.
Being in a particular situation or circumstance from the time of birth, for example, Born to wealth.
It is the past participle of the word “bear.” It is used in a passive construction in the sentence. For example, I was born in August. You were born by someone else, your mother.
There are many phrases which include the word “born.” Some examples are:

“Born on the wrong side of blanket,” meaning illegitimate.
“Born and bred,” meaning born and raised in a particular way or region.
“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” meaning born rich.
“In all one’s born days,” shock and surprise at witnessing something not seen before, example, In all my born days, I have never seen such a thing.
“There’s one born every minute,” meaning gullible people.
“I wasn’t born yesterday,” meaning I am not naïve.


“Borne” is the main past participle of the verb or word “bear.” For example, One must have borne in mind the following points while writing. Her story is not borne out by any true incidences.
“Borne” is used for meanings that relate to birth when the subject of the verb is the mother. For example, The lady has borne five children.
It is also used when the verb is active and is followed always by the preposition “by,” for example, The triplets were borne by a Russian mother.
“Borne” refers to being supported, carried, or transmitted. For example, Airborne pollens.


1.“Born” and “borne” are past participle of the verb “bear,” but their usages are different from each other. “Born” is the past participle choice when the child born is the subject of the verb; whereas “borne” is the choice of the past participle when the mother who has borne the child is the subject of the verb.
2.“Born” is used in passive sentence construction; whereas “borne” is used in active construction always followed by the preposition “by.”
3.“Born” and “borne” have different dictionary meanings.

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