Take/Bring

Introduction

Take and bring and have very similar meanings. Choosing the right verb depends on the perspective of the speaker and the listener. We explain the usage of these two words below.

Ruby doesn’t want to miss her plane so she calls a taxi to take her the airport.

In the taxi, she checks that she has brought her tickets and passport with her.

Her suitcase is full because she bringing gifts for her niece and nephew.

Unforunately, she has to work this weekend. So she’s taking her laptop with her.

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Take

  • Use take with movements from one place to another.
Example:
Ruby calls a taxi to take her to the aiport.
  • Use take when someone moves something away from where you are.
Example:
Ruby is taking her laptop with her. (away from her home)

Bring

  • Use bring with movements towards the speaker/listener/receiver.
Example:
She is bringing gifts for her niece and nephew.
  • Use bring when you move something with you to another place.
Example:
In the taxi, she checks that she has brought her tickets and passport with her.

Bring or Take: Changing Persepctives

Sometimes we can use bring or take.

We use take when the action is seen from the perspective of the doer.

Example:
Ruby visits her niece and nephew once a month and always takes them gifts.

Seen from the perspective of the doer (Ruby)

We use bring when the action is seen from the perspective of the receiver.

Example:
Ruby visits her niece and nephew once month and always brings the, gifts.

perpective of the receivers (the niece and nephew)