In this blog post we look at when to use bare with me and when to use bear with me.
The phrase "bear with me" means "please be patient with me" or "please endure something with me". It is used to ask someone to be patient or understanding while something is happening or being done.
The phrase "bare with me" does not have a widely accepted meaning. It is a common mistake to write "bare" instead of "bear" in this phrase, but "bare" does not have a relevant meaning in this context.
Here is an example of the phrase "bear with me" being used correctly:
"Bear with me for just a few more minutes while I finish up this presentation." (meaning: please be patient with me while I finish this presentation)
Here is an example of the phrase "bare with me" being used incorrectly:
"Bare with me while I explain this complicated concept." (incorrect use of "bare" instead of "bear")
Here are 10 examples using the phrase “bear with me”:
"Bear with me while I dig through my notes to find the information you need."
"I know this is a long meeting, but please bear with me while we go over all the details."
"Bear with me while I try to remember the name of that actor."
"I know this software can be a little confusing at first, but bear with me and I'll try to walk you through it."
"Bear with me while I make this phone call. It shouldn't take long."
"I'm sorry if my accent is hard to understand. Just bear with me and I'll try to speak more clearly."
"I know this presentation is taking longer than expected, but bear with me while I finish up the final few slides."
"I know this question might seem a little off-topic, but bear with me and I'll explain how it's relevant."
"I know this process is taking longer than we anticipated, but please bear with me while we work through the remaining issues."
"I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself. I'm just a little nervous. Please bear with me and I'll try to be more clear."