bring or take.


Which is correct?  I will bring the food to her or I will take the food to her?

asked Jul 05 '13 at 01:41 Carolyn Patterson New member

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I agree with Michael in part.  The food can be brought or taken.  But I don't agree that it is the location of the listener that matters.  It is the relationship between the speaker and the movement of the object.


To bring means to move something from there to here.


To take means to move something from here to there


In this sentence, if I am currently in the same place as her, I might go get the food and then bring it back to her.  If she is is somwhere away from where I currently am, then I will take the food to her. 

link answered Jul 05 '13 at 13:18 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Oh, so you are talking about location, then. Good Heavens.

Michael CranfieldJul 05 '13 at 22:27

I don't understand your comment, Michael. You talked about location as well.

Patty TJul 06 '13 at 12:07

I'll try again. If you and I are in, say, a supermarket and we have a mutual friend in hospital, I could say to you "I'll take" (not bring) "the food to her".But if you were visiting our mutual friend in hospital and I am speaking to you on the telephone, I would say to you "I'll bring" (not take) "the food to her".So, whether I use "bring" or "take" depends on the physical location of the person to whom I am speaking: you, in this example. It is so simple that I am at a loss to understand why you could have a problem with it. But please let me know if you require further assistance.

Michael CranfieldJul 06 '13 at 12:47

Because that is not the way we define the words in the US. It doesn't matter if I am talking to my conjoined twin or my pen pal in Australia. I bring the food here, or take the food there. If I am going to the hospital, I will take the food to there.

Patty TJul 06 '13 at 13:04

In Britain, we would say "I will take the food there". "Two nations divided by a common language", indeed.

Michael CranfieldJul 06 '13 at 13:49

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Nothing wrong with the food, if you are referring to particular food that you have already defined in your conversation.  But obviously your question is really about the distinction between bring and take .  Both are grammatically correct, but the correct use here would depend on the location of the person you are talking to:  if that person is with you,  you would say take, but if he/she is with the other person, you would say bring.

link comment answered Jul 05 '13 at 10:55 Michael Cranfield Expert

Both these sentences are gramattically correct, but the use of bring or take depends on the type of situation. If the speaker as well as the listener are not at her place, then we will say "I'll take the food to her".  If both the speaker and the listener or either of the two is with  her, then we will say I'll bring the food to her". Aslam Khan

link comment answered Aug 10 '14 at 08:12 Aslam Khan New member

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