Born vs. Borne

These often cause confusion because they both come from the word to bear

Born is an adjective (a born actor) or a verb (she was born on December 8th). In this sense, born refers to actual or figurative birth.

Borne is the past participle of to bear (she has borne many sorrows). It can also mean transmitted by when used as a suffix (foodborne).

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