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What is the difference between 'Bare' and 'Bear'?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Mar 30, 2020

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C. Block

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C. Block, English Professor, M.A, Ph.D, Buffalo

Answered Aug 28, 2019

Bare and bear are two words with so many differences. The only similarity between the two words is that they contain the same set of letters, though not in the same arrangement. Knowing the differences between these words, what they actually stand for, and how they are used in a sentence will make you have a better understanding of each word. The word ''bare'' is mostly used as an adjective. And there are different interpretations it has as an adjective.

Bare and bear are two words with so many differences. The only similarity between the two words is
It means minimal; that is just sufficient. For example, a bare congregation. It is also used as an adjective to mean naked, uncovered. For example: don't show your bare head in public. It can also be used as a noun to mean the surface of a thing. It can also be used as a verb. As a verb, it means to uncover or reveal something. Bear, on the other hand, is the name of an animal, a large omnivorous animal, related to raccoon and dog. It can also be used as a verb. As a verb, it means to support or sustain, also, to carry something.

 

O. Bickis

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O. Bickis, Corporate employee, MBA, Stockton

Answered Jun 13, 2019

Bear is the name of a type of mammal, but there are also times when bear means that you will need to carry something substantial without letting it defeat you. For example, you may say, “I cannot bear to remember anymore that happened that day.” You do not want to remember anymore because it has become too much to bear.

Bare, on the other hand, means naked. You can say, “I cannot come to the door right now because I am bare.” Another example is, “I do not want him to see me right now because I am bare-faced. It is best to know the differences between the two to be sure which one you are going to use.

 

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