English Lesson: Bring Vs Take

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I went to an international pot luck party last night. Have you ever been to one? At this kind of party, each guest is asked to bring a dish that is common to their country. I had a hard time deciding what to bring, but finally I made a decision. I brought pizza. I like pizza. Sometimes I keep some pizza in the freezer. The best way to heat up frozen pizza is to take it out of the freezer 30 minutes before putting in the oven. Then, when the cheese starts to bubble, take it out of the oven and enjoy!

Today we will look at bring and take. Sometimes, these two words can be interchangeable, but in some cases they can not. Do you know how to use them? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

 In general, we bring something to somewhere and we take something from somewhere:

  • I brought pizza to the party (from my house to the party)
  • Please bring a dish that is common in your country to the party  (from where you are to the party)
  • Can you bring me a pen? (from where you are to where I am)
  • I took the pizza out of the freezer (from the freezer)
  • I need to take the trash out (from the house to outside)
  • These books are heavy. Can you take them? (from me)

How we use bring and take can also depend on the point of view of the speaker. In cases like this, bring and take are interchangeable, but have a slightly different nuance:

  • I bring my dog to the beach (the emphasis is “to the beach)
  • I take my dog to the beach (the emphasis is “from my home”)
  • I am going to bring an umbrella today (the emphasis is “to my destination)
  • I am going to take an umbrella today (the emphasis is “from my home”)

So, as in the above four examples, either bring or take can be used.

Bring is used when the speaker wants or needs something where they are. The structure is bring + me +something or bring + something + to me. In these cases we cannot use take:

  • Can you bring me the remote for the TV?
  • Please bring that book to me when you visit.

Take out and take away mean remove, and in cases like this we cannot use bring:

  • Take the pizza out of the oven. Not, Bring the pizza out of the oven.
  • Can you take away the trash? Not, Can you bring away the trash.

So, let me ask, what brought you to my blog today? I hope you can take this information and use it in your daily English conversation.