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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

or

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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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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