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Inflections of 'bare' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
barer
adj comparative
barest
adj superlative
Inflections of 'bare' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
bares
v 3rd person singular
baring
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
bared
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
bared
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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From the verb bear: (⇒ conjugate)
bare is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Archaic: all other usages)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
bare - barely
‘bare’
Bare is an adjective. If something is bare, it is not covered or decorated with anything.
The room has bare wooden floors.
If a part of the body is bare, it has no clothing.
Meg's feet were bare.
‘barely’
Barely is an adverb. It has a totally different meaning from bare. You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible. For example, if you can barely do something, you can only just do it. If something is barely noticeable, you can only just notice it.
It was so dark we could barely see.
His whisper was barely audible.
Be careful
Don't use ‘not’ with barely. Don't say, for example, ‘The temperature was not barely above freezing’. You say ‘The temperature was barely above freezing’.
Be careful
If you use an auxiliary verb or modal with barely, you put the auxiliary verb or modal first. You say, for example, ‘He can barely read’. Don't say ‘He barely can read’.
The audience could barely hear him.
You can use barely to say that one thing happened immediately after another. For example, you can say ‘We had barely started the meal when Jane arrived’.
Be careful
You use when or before after barely. Don't use ‘than’. Don't say, for example, ‘We had barely started the meal than Jane arrived’.
I had barely arrived before he led me to the interview room.
They had barely sat down when they were told to leave.
Broad negatives
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
bear
‘bear’
The other forms of bear are bears, bore, borne. However, the past form and -ed participle are rarely used.
If someone bears pain or a difficult situation, they accept it in a brave way.
Boys are encouraged to be tough and bear pain, to prove they're a man.
‘endure’
Endure is used in a similar way.
Many people have to endure pain without specialist help.
‘can’t bear'
Bear is often used in negative sentences. If you can't bear something or someone, you dislike them very much.
I can't bear him!
If you can't bear to do something, you cannot do it because it makes you so unhappy.
She couldn't bear to talk about it.
‘can’t stand'
If you can't stand something or someone, you dislike them very much.
He kept on asking questions and I couldn't stand it any longer.
I can't stand people who lie.
Be careful
Don't say that you ‘can’t stand to do something.
‘tolerate’ and ‘put up with’
If you tolerate or put up with something, you accept it, although you don't like it or approve of it. Tolerate is more formal than put up with.
The school does not tolerate bad behaviour.
The local people have to put up with a lot of tourists.
bear - bare
These words are both pronounced .
‘bear’
Bear can be a noun or a verb.
A bear is a large, strong wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws.
The bear stood on its hind legs.
If you bear a difficult situation, you accept it and are able to deal with it.
This disaster was more than some of them could bear.
‘bare’
Bare is usually an adjective. Something that is bare has no covering.
The grass was warm under her bare feet.
The walls were bare.
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