Bring vs take

Bring is a verb that means to move something or someone from one place to another, usually where the speaker is located. There are many phrasal verbs that use bring in different ways, which can confuse the usage.

Take is a verb that means to remove something from one place to another, usually away from the speaker. This is used in some idioms, such as take a bath, can can confuse usage.

When one is using the future tense, either of these verbs are correct because nothing has actually happened yet. Usage is based on which point of view the speaker wants to emphasize, the moving of the object or the removing of it.


These words are commonly confused and it is good to double-check one’s point of view when using them in formal works.


City and tourism officials say Tough Mudder will bring an economic boost to the Space Coast, filling hotel rooms and restaurants. [Florida Today]

“Every day brings a new challenge, and I find it particularly satisfying to watch or read a five-star review of a vehicle that I have had a role in testing components for, and know I had a small part in its creation.” [The Guardian]

“When the officer comes to work, they will pick up that firearm, take it or take it to their vehicle,” Stuart said. [Global News]

In addition to the money she took from work, Smith has estimated that she had also lost about $200,000 of her own money gambling over the years. [The Province]


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