Am I the only one whos athletic career bared fruit?

Is this sentence correct grammatically?

  • There's nothing wrong with it grammatically; it's very odd semantically, unless you competed in peeling bananas. Feb 8, 2015 at 3:34

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"Am I the only one whose athletic career bore fruit?" might be the construction you're looking for.

Note that the proper possessive form of "who" is "whose", not "who's" (let alone "whos" [sic]) and "bore" is the past tense of "bear".

  • And "bared" is the past tense of "bare", which is to make naked, to uncover, or to expose. Example: she bared a baby boy = she took the baby's clothes off. Compare: she bore a baby boy = she had one (produced one, as it were). Your example: your career bared fruit = it peeled the fruit!? That can't be right. Compare: your career bore fruit = it produced a result, an effect, an outcome.
    – Mathieu K.
    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:42

Compare with the right to bare arms:

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(Larry the Cable Guy, whose material I have never listened to and so cannot comment on, has bared his arms in this picture.) Humour's dreadfully subjective, so I trust I haven't offended you.

I'm voting for Deepak's answer.

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