Sunday, May 18, 2008

Confusing Words


Note that the difference in use between bring and take is similar to that between come and go. We use take to describe movement away from the position of the speaker/hearer and bring to describe movement to the place where the speaker/hearer is, was or will be:

  1. Can you take the car in for its service tomorrow, Jan? I’m going to take the train.

  2. They’re not here. He must have taken them to the club. He’s taken my umbrella too.

  3. These shirts that I bought don’t really fit me. I‘m going to have to take them back.

  4. It’s kind of you to invite me to supper. Is it all right if I bring my boyfriend?

  5. Always remember to bring your calculators when you come to these maths lessons!

  6. I’ve brought you some beans and tomatoes from my garden. I hope you can use them.