I understand the difference between bear and bare in meaning. But recently I find myself getting confused when I am using other forms of, what I think should be, bear. "This, a much less focused and less cognitive activity, also seems to have beared/bared fruit in that his listening comprehension is quite high." (from my assignment) I checked and I see that bare (aside from its other uses) is an archaic form of bear, but then when I used "beared" the Word spellchecker throws it up as an error. And a general web search shows that both are used... so could someone help me sort out my new-found confusion please?