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B orn versus Borne
 
Lesson 6-18
Prompt:"Born" is an adjective meaning to bring forth as by birth or being a natural. Example: She is a born musician. Common patterns use "born" as a past participle verb form such as in: She was born on the Fourth of July.
 
"Borne" is the past participle of the verb "bear" (bear, borne, borne) meaning to support, to carry, to hold in mind, to suffer. Example: The fluffy seeds were borne by the wind.
Directions:Click to select the correct word usage in the following sentences.
1.The casket was (born) (borne) by the horse-drawn caisson.
2.Through their discussions a great idea was (born) (borne).
3.He is a (born) (borne) athlete.
4.She was the sixth child (born) (borne) to a family of eight.
5.The pain was shared and was (born) (borne) by all who were present.
6.Which president was (born) (borne) on the Fourth of July?
7.Being (born) (borne) by the swift current, the rafts moved forward.
8.After hours of labor, a child was (born) (borne).
9.The child was a (born) (borne) winner.
10.The physical scars of his ordeal were (born) (borne) with pride.
11.Many great leaders were (born) (borne) in January.
12.The empty surfboards were (born) (borne) on the crashing waves.
13.The sign said, "(Born) (Borne) to be Wild."
14.The child was (born) (borne) to a large family.
15.Their enthusiastic feelings were (born) (borne) along by their continued success.
16.Some ideas are (born) (borne) out of necessity.
17.Being (born) (borne) is life's first experience.
18.The long, parading dragon was (born) (borne) on the shoulders of fifty people.
19.It was an idea (born) (borne) out of the despair of poverty.
20.The needs of the weak must be (born) (borne) by the strong.