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    Smile fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    I want to introduce other two terms: fetch and carry.
    Can I use carry, in an interchangeable way, instead of bring and take?
    Is fetch used when you want to synthesize an otherwise long description of an event (i.e:: I go to take a cup of tea and come back)?
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    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    Dogs play "fetch." You throw a ball or a stick and they run after it and bring it back to you. "Go fetch me a cup of tea" is the kind of thing one might say to a servant. I would not use the term at all, it seems derogatory.

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    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

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    'Fetch' means 'to retrieve'. "I'm going to fetch a cup of coffee."

    'Carry' has meanings that overlap with those of 'bring' and 'take', but I wouldn't think of them as interchangeable.

    Perhaps you could post some examples of how you want to use these terms interchangeably and we could take a look at them.

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    #4

    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    We usually use the term "fetch and carry" in a neutral or negative way.

    Everyone else at the rehearsal got to do fun stuff like building props or sorting out the costumes, but I ended up just fetching and carrying all day. "Go and get the scripts", they said. "Go and make some tea", they said. "Climb up five flights of stairs and get us some paint!" "Run to the shop and buy some sugar!" I was exhausted by the end of the day but I hadn't had much fun.

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    #5

    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    To fetch and carry for someone is a set phrase meaning to wait on them hand and foot.

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    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    some phrases a re such as: I'll fetch a cup of tea to my guest (I take it as well)
    and I carry my baggage (I take my baggage)

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    #7

    Re: fetch and carry instead of take and bring

    Quote Originally Posted by scrooge1974 View Post
    I'll fetch a cup of tea to my guest.
    You'll hear that in some varieties of English, but only 'take' in standard BrE.
    I carry my baggage (I take my baggage).
    If you carry your baggage somewhere you could be bringing it or taking it. All you are telling us with 'carry' is that it is you are bearing the weight of it.
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