Which one is OK?

1. He was born in Italy.

2. He was borne in Italy.

3. Both are OK.

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Abdullah Mahfouz posted:

Which one is OK?
1. He was born in Italy.
2. He was borne in Italy.

Hi, Abdullah—Only (1) is OK, assuming you have the normal meaning in mind, that he was given birth to in that country. "Borne" is the past participle of "bear" (= "carry"). "He was borne in Italy" means that he was carried in Italy. Though that meaning is possible, it is surely not what you have in mind.

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Abdullah ,Mahfouz posted:

Thanks, but I need full explanation about the difference between born and borne, please.

What didn't you understand in the explanation I gave you? If we wish to refer to the place of people's birth (where they were born, where they issued forth from their mother, having been begotten by their parents), then we speak of their having been born somewhere.

If we wish to refer to a place where someone was carried (perhaps in someone's arms, perhaps on the back of a camel in the Sahara desert), then we use "borne." We use them in two completely different types of case. If you still don't understand the difference, perhaps the two images below will help.

borne

camels

born

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