Is it bring or take?

Lady Louise is waiting for the Editorial Assistant to bring her a snackee.

Our friend Reece Karas asked us to take on the question of “bring vs. take” in our language. According to Reece, two librarians were discussing this important controversy, with one librarian saying that “she is seeing (and hearing) people use take when they should use bring.”

Let’s think of bring or take as a type of transportation or location matter. By doing so, it is much less of a challenge. People bring things to you or to the place where you are located. However, you take things or people to a place away from you.

Here are a few examples:

You ask a waiter to bring extra bread to you. Later, you take the bill for your meal the cashier.

You take groceries to a sick friend. But your friend would say, “Meredith is bringing groceries to me so that I don’t have to go out in the cold.”

A courier from a lawyer’s office, for example, will bring important papers to your house. Then, you will take the papers back to the office once they are signed or to discuss the matter further.

We understand the confusion that bring vs. take causes, and we hope that this explanation will help clarify the question.

And thank you, Reece Karas, for asking the question and reading the blog!

 

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