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Bring or Take?

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English learners get confused about when to use bring and take. It is important to know that they do NOT have the same meaning.

To show you how confusing it can be, take a look at these two sentences, both of them are correct:

Bring an umbrella with you in case it rains. - Probably said to you by someone who is going somewhere WITH you.
Take an umbrella with you in case it rains. - Probably said to you by someone who is NOT going with you.

To understand bring and take, think about your location. Something coming your way is brought to you, something going away is taken from you.

We use bring if the speaker refers to something that is at his current location and when something moves from there to here.

We use take if the speaker refers to something that is in a different location and when something moves from here to there.

You ask people to bring things to the place you are, and you take things to the place you are going.

Bring things here, take things there.

Bring and Take Examples

Bring me that pen, please.
It was kind of you to bring us cake.
Will you bring it here next time?

I took my dog to the park.
Remember to take everything home with you.
Can you take me to the airport next week?

 

Now decide if these sentences need bring or take:

  • 1 - You can ___ this newspaper with you, I've almost finished reading it.



  • 2 - When you come to my house tonight, please __ me back my tools.



  • 3 - Don't walk home, it's raining. Let me ___ you there.



  • 4 - When she left I think she ___ my jacket by mistake.



  • 5 - The shirt I bought is too small. I will have to ___ it back.



  • 6 - My husband always ___ me flowers on Valentine's Day.



  • 7 - I've ___ you that DVD I was telling you about.



  • 8 - Can you ___ my suit to the dry cleaners? I won't have time to go today.



  • 9 - Let's ___ a ball to the beach later.



  • 10 - I meant to ___ you the CD I borrowed but I've forgotten it.