Bring and take
Do you know when to use the verb “bring” and when to use “take”? The two are easily mixed up. See if you can correctly complete the following sentences.
- George, ___________ me that folder please!
- Amanda, why don’t you _______ this report to Hannah and see if she can help you.
Bring shows action toward the speaker or subject (like “come”)
Take shows action away from the speaker or subject (like “go”)
In example one above, the speaker is talking about an action toward her. She wants George to come to her with a folder. Therefore, she would say, “Bring me that folder please!”
In example two above, the speaker is talking about an action away from him. He tells Amanda to go to her colleague Hannah. Therefore, he would say, “Why don’t you take this report to Hannah?”
Here are a few more examples for you:
- Sally always takes her lunch with her to work.
- Bring your chair over to my desk and we can read through this email together.