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