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Bring or take?

Updated: May 12, 2022

Some words cause confusion, often because of interference from a learner's first language. Bring and take are examples of such words. English and German conceptualise the ideas of bring and take differently. In this post I'll explain how these words are typically used in British English.

Imagine you are going to a party and want to take some wine. This is what you might say.

Before the party (when you are still at your house)

I'll take some wine.

At the party

I've brought some wine.

How to remember this

Here are a few ideas:

  • Remember the scenario described above.

  • Think about take away food which you take from the restaurant to your house.

  • Think of expressions like bring it back.


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