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#218 The word Bear in English

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Today, I’m going to talk about the word bear.

And with a mini-story, you will practice your English conversation skills.

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The word BEAR is normally used as a noun when we’re referring to a large furry animal that likes eating honey. In the second part of this podcast, you’ll meet two funny bears, Yogi and Boo-Boo.

The word BEAR can also be a verb. In that case, it has several meanings:

A few of them are: to hold, to support, to exhibit, to stand, or to give birth to. 

For example, if I say that “I can’t BEAR” something, I mean that I can’t tolerate it or stand it. It’s just too much, or it makes me very unhappy.

Here are some more examples:

Usually, we use the verb to BEAR when we need to accept or tolerate something, especially something unpleasant: 


“The pain was almost more than Jason could bear.” “How can you bear to eat that food?”

There are some other similar expressions. Instead of saying, “I can’t bear it,” you could say I can’t stand it, or I can’t put up with it.


“I love going to the beach, but my sister can’t stand it.” 

“I just can’t put up with my friend’s dog.”

We can use the word BEAR in many different ways.

For example, when you need to deal with something painful, we say that you BEAR the pain:


“Sometimes it’s hard to bear the pain of being lonely.”

Other times, you need to take responsibility for the negative effects of your actions. It’s when we say that you BEAR the consequences:


“She’s quitting her job anyway, so; she won’t be here next month to bear the consequences.”

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed learning new expressions with the word BEAR.

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