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I'm trying to figure out what the correct past tense form of "he bears the weight" would be.

Wiktionary says that "bear" has a simple past "bore" and a past participle "borne", but I don't understand when one is used instead of the other.

So, would the correct form be

He has bore the weight


He has borne the weight


It would also be helpful if I could see example sentences for "borne" and "bore" to illuminate the distinction.

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closed as general reference by StoneyB, Andrew Leach, Peter Shor , kiamlaluno, tchrist Sep 23 '12 at 20:48

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He bore the weight. He has borne the weight. – Andrew Leach Sep 22 '12 at 20:48
Thanks @Andrew, that clears it up :) – Antonio Vargas Sep 22 '12 at 21:01

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Bore is the past tense, borne is the past participle. The past participle is used in the present perfect construction He has borne. If you are a foreign learner of English and are not familiar with the distinction, you need to consult a qualified English teacher or a book of English grammar designed for foreign learners.

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Cheers, thank you. I'm a native English speaker who grew up in the US. – Antonio Vargas Sep 22 '12 at 20:59

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