bring or take


Does anyone have an easy way remember how to correctly use bring or take.

asked Aug 23 '11 at 18:32 Diane Margroff New member

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In general,  "to bring" is to carry something with you, often to a new place and as a gift and "to take" is to remove something for yourself. 


He brought a cake.


He took the car.


In some cases, however, bring and take have come to mean the same thing, but with slightly differences in meaning.


Bring a jacket. (Bring one of your own for your use.)


Take a jacket. (Grab a jacket and let's go.)



link comment answered Aug 26 '11 at 03:45 Kimberly Expert

Let me try to make it clear as to how to use these two confusing verbs.

The verb take means to move with something or somebody to a different or new place from the speaker's or the listener's place. A few examples are as follows:

*please take this parcel to the post office (a different place where neither the speaker nor 

  the listener is).

*I Shall take you to the airport.

The use of the verb bring is the other way round. Here we move with something or somebody from a different place to the speaker's or the listener's place. Another use of this verb is to move something or somebody from the speaker's location to the listener's location

or vice versa. A few examples are as follows:

*David (at a different place) will bring you something to eat.

*Please bring for me the parcel from the airport.

* I am at the post office. I'll bring your parcel.

I think this clarifies. 

Aslam Khan

link comment answered Aug 10 '14 at 05:06 Aslam Khan New member

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