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Grammar Mishaps: Bring vs. Take
What is the difference between bring and take?
A friend recently expressed to me her annoyance with people using these words incorrectly and asked me to write a hub about it. I often hear mistakes in the usage of bring and take. I hope this hub helps you clarify which to use in the proper situation.
The main point to remember is where the action is being regarded. You bring an item to the place where you reside and take them from where you are located to somewhere else.
An easy way to remember is, you take out the garbage and bring in the mail.
Take means to bear THERE or to take AWAY from the speaker
- I will take a salad to the picnic.
- Please take your plate to the dishwasher.
- You can take my coat with you to keep warm.
Bring means to bear HERE or move TOWARD the speaker.
- I will bring a salad home to eat.
- Will you bring the paperwork with you tomorrow for our meeting?
- I brought leftovers for lunch today.