Born vs. Borne

The passive form of the verb born (be + born) is used to talk about coming into the world at birth.

  • He was born to poor parents.
  • I was born on a Friday.
  • She was born in Italy.

Note that to give somebody´┐Żs place or date of birth, we use the simple past tense form.

  • I was born in 1979. (NOT I am born in 1979.)

Borne is the past participle form of the verb bear. It is sometimes used to mean give birth to or carry.

  • She has borne eight children. (= She has given birth to eight children.)
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