Hi there, welcome to another summary of the previous week’s lessons on WatchYourGrammar. WatchYourGrammar is brought to you by Gird Center, your guide to correct grammar in English.

On Monday, we spoke about the differences between the verbs “BORNE” and “BORN.” We also mentioned that these words were not the same and therefore cannot be used interchangeably.

“BORNE” is the past participle of the verb “BEAR”; it is not related to birth. It means “carried, supported or endured.”

Example: “She has BORNE her neighbour’s constant nagging with incredible composure.”

“BORN” is a past tense, as well as a past participle, of the verb “BEAR.” Unlike “BORNE”, it is reserved for uses relating to birth.

Let us use “BORN” in a sentence: “Ghandi was born on 2nd October, 1869.”

“BORN” can be used as an adjective as well. For example:

“Kwame Nkrumah was a born leader.”

Here’s a hint for you:  The verb “BORNE” is unrelated to birth. It means “carried, supported or endured.”

The final lesson for the week was on finding out what Esi means when she says “BY ALL MISS/MAYS.”

Take a look at this example: Kwabea asks Esi if she will be able to make it for her birthday party.

Esi replies, “I have an exam that same day but don’t worry, I will be there by ALL MISS.”

What Esi is trying to say is “by all MEANS.” With this phrase, Esi seeks to reassure Kwabea that she will CERTAINLY make it for her birthday party.

In formal settings, it will be helpful to remember that the right word is “MEANS” not “MISS or MAYS.”

That’s all for the summary of the previous week’s WatchYourGrammar lessons. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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