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    Smile bring and take

    Just a little explanation.
    Are the verbs "bring" and "take" really unchangeable?
    Thank you.
    Luigi

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    Re: bring and take

    Quote Originally Posted by scrooge1974 View Post
    Are the verbs "bring" and "take" really unchangeable?
    I think you mean"Are they really not interchangeable?"

    Normally you bring something to where the speaker is, or is going to be, and take something away from where the speakers is, or is going to be. It is safest to keep to this.

    There are situations in which the expected one is fine, but the other is possible:

    I'm going to stay with my girlfriend's parents this weekend. Do you think I should take a bottle of wine with me?

    'Take' is the natural verb here, but if the speaker mentally pictures himself arriving with a bottle of wine, he might say 'bring'.
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    Re: bring and take

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    Wife (she's in her office; she's speaking with her husband): I'll be home in two

    hours. What's the dessert tonight?

    Husband: The kids have kept me so busy that I have not had time to prepare

    anything for dessert.

    Wife: That's OK. I'll bring home a chocolate cake with me. (She has mentally

    placed herself speaking with her husband in their home.)

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    Smile Re: bring and take

    Yes, sorry I mean "not interchangeable".

    Well Teacher, you gave me the clue for another reflecion about how you built your period:
    "Normally you bring something "to the speaker is"".
    Is it a semplified way of saying "you bring something where the speaker is"?
    Thanks
    Luigi

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    Re: bring and take

    Quote Originally Posted by scrooge1974 View Post
    Yes, sorry I mean "not interchangeable".

    Well Teacher, you gave me the clue for another reflecion about how you built your period:
    "Normally you bring something "to the speaker is"".
    Is it a semplified way of saying "you bring something where the speaker is"?
    Thanks
    Luigi
    \No. Sorry, that was a slip . I have now corrected it.

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    Smile Re: bring and take

    I figure I can pardon you for this mistake. But....that doe'snt happen again!!
    I am kidding
    I see you
    Luigi

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