Bring or take?


Should I say 'Bring your things back home' or 'Take your things back home' talking to someone who, in that moment, is at his own place, which is the place I'm suggesting to take/bring his things and those things are located in a place that is neither where I am nor where he is.


Hope this is somewhat clear,


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 The verb "take" means to carry or move something or someone to a different place where  the  speaker or the listener is not.  In your question, the listener is already home where you want the things to be. So, for sure, we can't say in this case  "take your things back home". The verb "bring" also means to carry something or someone from one place to another, but here the carrying or movement is to the person speaking or the place indicated by him. So we must say "bring your things back home". I think it helps. Aslam Kuhn I

link comment answered Aug 05 at 13:33 Aslam Khan New member

I think I couldn't put my answer across well.  Let me try to make it clear.  The verb take means to move with something or somebody from where the speaker or listener is to a different place.  In this question, the listener is not at a different place. Instead he is home which is the listener's place. So we can not say "take your things back home".

The word bring means to move something or somebody from the speaker's place to the listener's place or vice versa. It also means to move something or somebody from a different place to the speaker's or the listener's place, so this rule applies to the asked question because the things are at a different place and to be moved to the listener's place I.e. his home where he is. So we could say "bring your things back home". Aslam Khan

link comment answered Aug 10 at 12:46 Aslam Khan New member

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