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    Hi Teachers,
    Information to consider:
    There's an old lady who is telling someone, My husband was about your size. A little heavier perhaps. All his clothes are upstairs. They’re no good to him. He died two years ago. She pointed up to the room above them.
    “Why don’t you see if any of his clothes fit you? You can bring them back tomorrow.”

    Could 'a' be an appropriate explanation to the phrasal verb, 'bring back'?
    a. return
    b. use
    c. wear

    I'm asking it because my dictionary of phrasal verbs only says, 'revive' and 'if something brings back an event or memory from your past, it makes you think about it.
    But, I think it also has the meaning of 'return'.

    Thanks in adavance

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    You are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    I'm asking it because my dictionary of phrasal verbs only says, 'revive'
    In your original sentence, 'back' has one of its core meanings, and I would not call 'bring back' a phrasal verb there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You are right.

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    Hi Rover,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In your original sentence, 'back' has one of its core meanings, and I would not call 'bring back' a phrasal verb there.
    Hi sir,
    Thank you for your reply. Sorry I can't figure out what is the meaning of 'core meaning'.
    If it's not a phrasal verb, which part of speech is 'back'?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Thank you for your reply. Sorry I can't figure out what is the meaning of 'core meaning'.
    core - definition. American English definition of core by Macmillan Dictionary
    If it's not a phrasal verb, which part of speech is 'back'?
    Adverb
    Dictionaries are there to help with this type of problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Dictionaries are there to help with this type of problem.
    Hi sir,
    Thank you for your reply. If I have asked you about the meaning of the word 'core' was because in my dictionary, 'Collins Cobuild English Dictionary' the only word classes that appear there, are 'noun' and 'verb'. So I really couldn't understand the meaning.
    Thank you very much for the link to Macmillan Dictionary. Be sure I'll use it.

    Best,
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    Last edited by learning54; 12-Jan-2012 at 12:50.

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    This site will search 129 dictionaries: OneLook: General dictionary sites

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    OneLook's a great site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This site will search 129 dictionaries: OneLook: General dictionary sites
    Hi Sir,
    Thank you so much. I've already added it to my toolbar.

    Best,
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