When determining whether to use bring or take, consider movement.
Use bring when moving something toward a specific place or person.
Sally brings the potato salad to Jerry.
Frieda is bringing her salsa-dancing skills to the stage.
The dog brought his human to the park.
Use take when moving something away from a specific place or person.
Dolly takes the books from the library.
Marge is taking her favorite sweater back from Nina.
Larry took advice from his boss.
Casual speech: When speaking with friends and others using informal speech, bring and take are often used interchangeably. However, it’s good to know the difference when the situation calls for formal speech or writing.
Choose either bring or take to fill in the blanks below.
- In the past, Marty always ______ his famous nacho cheese dip to the party.
- The dog ______ her leash to her human when she wants to go out.
- “I can’t stand Charles anymore,” she said. “All he does is ______ things from me!”
- Tracy is _______ what she learned in the classroom and is _______ it to the real world.
- Layla ______ her second-place trophy from the award table.
Answers: 1) brought 2) brings 3) take 4) taking, bringing 5) took
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