Posted by: episystechpubs | August 7, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Take me to dinner and bring me a martini

Several people have asked me to review bring vs. take. I thought Grammar Girl’s explanation got a little lengthy and confusing, as did some of my other usual sources. The simplest and most straightforward information I found was actually on a forum for the Purdue OWL (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). The writer asked the experts to explain the correct use of take and bring. For example: “I will take this with me; I will bring this with me.” Put simply:

The two words have become more and more interchangeable in contemporary speech, but they imply distinct acts. "Take" implies leaving with something; "bring" implies arriving with something. You could take a cake from home and bring it to a party.

For more information on the two, and the confusion caused by some exceptions and idiomatic phrases (such as “take a bath”), Grammar Girl gets into the nitty-gritty details on her site at: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/bring-versus-take.aspx


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