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    Default Bring/brought

    Could you possibility tell me what difference is between these in meaning?

    1.when she went to usa,she brought me some chockolate.
    2.when she went to usa,she brought me back some chockolate.

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    Default Re: Bring/brought

    Quote Originally Posted by Nima1000 View Post
    Could you possibility tell me what difference is between these in meaning?

    1.when she went to usa,she brought me some chockolate.
    2.when she went to usa,she brought me back some chockolate.

    I would say "brought", instead of "brought back".
    In 1 she might bring you some chockolate as a sort of a present. In 2, I think it's like you had given some chockolate to her before leaving, and then, when coming back home, she brought it back to you...

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    Default Re: Bring/brought

    Quote Originally Posted by Nima1000 View Post
    Could you possibility tell me what difference is between these in meaning?

    1.when she went to usa,she brought me some chockolate.
    2.when she went to usa,she brought me back some chockolate.
    Nima, please get into the habit of using correct capitalization.

    When she went to the USA, [space] she brought me back some chocolate.

    Bring back is the natural choice here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Bring/brought

    The second one definitely means "She bought some chocolate in the USA, and brought it home to me.

    In some cases, the first might have the same meaning as the second. In other cases, it might mean "She bought some chocolate in the USA, and then delivered it to me in the USA"

    Also note that you would say "the USA" instead of "usa", and chockolate is misspelled (the proper spelling is "chocolate")

    Hope this helps!

    - Mark

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    Default Re: Bring/brought

    #1 could be read that you are in the US and she traveled to the US and brought you some chocolate.

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    Default Re: Bring/brought

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    #1 could be read that you are in the US and she traveled to the US and brought you some chocolate.
    I think that that is more likely to be: When she came to the USA, she brought me some chocolate.
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