Commonly Confused Words: Forebear/Forbears

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Would I need to forbear or forebear from receiving some future benefit to have a bargained-for exchange?

Forbear (verb):

  • Forbear is a verb that means “to refrain or abstain from doing something”: “My father said that he would pay for my college if I agreed to forbear from partying.”

Forebear (noun):

  • Forebear is a noun that refers to an ancestor or person from whom one descended: “Our forebears would be rolling in their graves if they heard this egregious decision.”

Rule—Forebear or Forbear: Use forbear unless you’re referring to someone’s ancestors.

  • Mnemonic: Our forebears emigrated for better employment opportunities
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1. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. The judge chose to forbear from deciding the case until more evidence was presented.

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2. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. The defendant’s forebear was well-known legal scholar.

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3. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. The plaintiff chose to forbear from asserting her claim due to a lack of evidence.

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4. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. Her forebearance from drinking and smoking constituted valid consideration.

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5. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. The attorney decided to forebear from making a closing statement.

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6. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. Our nation’s forebears would never stand for such an erroneous reading of the Constitution.

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7. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. Forbearance of a legal right can constitute a bargained-for exchange and can create a binding promise.

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8. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. The prosecution’s key witness chose to forebear from testifying in the case

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9. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. If the DOJ forbears from prosecuting now, then they may be estopped from prosecuting in the future.

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10. True/False: The underlined use of forebear/forbear in the following sentence is correct. Even forebearing the previous evidence, this Court could still find for plaintiff.

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