The proper use of homophones can be difficult if the meanings and definitions of words or the group of words aren’t crystal clear to you. “Born” and “Borne” are a part of homophones.

A little about Homophones

Homophones are confusing because they are usually spelled out using the same letters. Plus the pronunciations for a couple of words or the group of words are similar save for the slight difference.

Examples for Homophones:

  • Brake and Break
  • Plain and Plane
  • Pray and Prey

Understanding Born and Borne

The words “Born” and “Borne” come from the word bear. The interesting part is that the two aforementioned words are the same tense of the same verb. Although they work in the same manner when used in sentences, the usage of these words is determined by the context the words are being used in.


The word “born” is the past participle of the word “bear” and also the past tense of the same word. The word only means one thing and that is the birth of a person or something. Alternatively, the word also suggests the origins of a person, certain thing or of a certain chain of events.


  • Blake was born in November last year.
  • My father was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
  • Do not lie to me, I wasn’t born yesterday!


Similar to “born”, “borne” is the past tense and the past participle of the word, “bear”. Although it comes from the same word, it has an entirely different meaning. “Borne” means to carry. Additionally, the word can be used as an adjective to express the meaning of the words sustained and endured.

Borne cannot be used in terms of birth unless the subject of the sentence is the mother.


  • Alice has borne three children.
  • The disease is waterborne.
  • The expenses were borne by the head of the family.

To Summarize:

  • The words “Born” and “Borne” are homophones.
  • Born” and “Borne” are the past tense and the past participle of the word “bear”.
  • Born is related to the matter of a person’s or some event’s birth.
  • However, borne is used to express the meaning of being carried or being sustained or being endured.
  • Borne not used to express birth of anything unless it is talking about the mother as the subject of the sentence.