Bring – Take – Fetch

The verbs bring and take are common and frequently used verbs in English. As such, they form many collocations, phrasal verbs, etc. However, they are often confused because they both describe the movement from one location to another and sometimes it is not easy to decide whether something was brought or taken. Also, make sure not to mistake bring and take with fetch, because that’s one of the common mistakes English students make.

Bring – take – fetch

The verb BRING

The main difference is that bring describes the movement toward someone or something:

  • I’ll bring some tea.
  • Pam brought a friend to the party.
  • We should bring a camera to the picnic with us.

The verb TAKE

On the other hand, take describes the movement away from someone or something:

  • Take the empty cups back to the kitchen.
  • Take the rubbish to the bin.
  • I’ll take the dog out for a walk.

Bring – take – fetch

More example sentences with bring:
  • Could you bring me a pen and a piece of paper, please?
  • I’m waiting for my nephew to bring me the parcel from the post office.
  • Whenever Tom went shopping for clothes, he would bring his wife with him.
  • Sam brought some new members to the meeting.
  • ‘Can I bring a friend to the party?’ ‘Of course you can. If your brother’s around, bring him, too.’
  • When we finished dinner, the waiter brought us the bill.
  • Will you bring me another piece of cake?
  • While Tara was in hospital, her friend used to bring her books.
  • Hi! I didn’t expect to see you. What brings you here?
  • Don’t forget to bring the computer to work tomorrow.

Bring – take – fetch

More example sentences with take:
  • We never take the car when we go shopping on Saturdays because the traffic is awful. We usually take a taxi.
  • Lilly took her mum to the doctor’s last Tuesday.
  • Next time we go to the beach, we’re taking the ball with us.
  • Sorry, I took your phone by mistake.
  • Could you please take my wife from the airport tomorrow?
  • Remember to take an umbrella with you, it’s going to rain.
  • After she took her children for a walk, Dorothy gave them a bath and a nice meal.
  • Sorry to inform you that your suitcase has been taken to Greece by mistake. 
  •  You can take a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink.
  • After they finished dinner, Simon took the dirty dishes to the kitchen.

Bring – take – fetch

The verb FETCH

English students often mistake bring and take with fetch. To fetch someone or something you need to go to another place to get it and bring it back. You can easily replace it with get

  • Will you fetch me the shawl, please? It’s in the other room. 
  • After I fetch my cousin from the station, I’ll come to your party.
  • ‘Where is Brian? ‘ ‘He’s gone to fetch the children from school.’
  • Why don’t you fetch your friend to dinner? We’d like to get to know her.
  • It was getting cold so Mary went upstairs and fetched some blankets.
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Bring – take – fetch
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