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    #1

    take / bring one step closer to

    This victory brings/takes the team one step closer to the national championship.
    Her help takes/brings me one step closer to my dream coming true.


    Could I exchange "take" and "bring" in the sentence like these.
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    #2

    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    In this context, I'd say they mean the same.

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    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    Quote Originally Posted by Soox View Post
    Her help takes/brings me one step closer to my dream coming true
    Should 'dream' be replaced with 'dream's'?

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    #4

    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    That doesn't sound natural to me.

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    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should 'dream' be replaced with 'dream's'?

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    No. This is not the same kind of construction as "... brings me closer to my achieving my dream". Can you explain why you think "... closer to my dream's coming true" should use the possessive?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    I think '... closer to my dream's coming true' means '... closer to the coming true of my dream", am I wrong?

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    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    Can anyone answer my above question?

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    #8

    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    It might be right, but like I said before, it's not natural.

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    #9

    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    I saw the kind of construction in dictionaries.

    Winning the medal was like a dream come true. here
    After all the problems I'd had getting pregnant, Oliver's birth was a dream come true. here

    "my dream coming true" "a dream come true" or "my dream's coming true"
    Which is correct?

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    Re: take / bring one step closer to

    'A dream come true' should be correct, according to http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/dream+come+true

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