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    #1

    take/bring

    While giving directions:
    "Take this road, it will take you to the place."

    I understand that it's better not to repeat 'take' here, but as I said it, starting with take....I thought late if 'bring' would be right here?
    Probably not.

    What would you say, please?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: take/bring

    When you are giving directions, you don't usually worry about the elegance of your words. If you have time to think, you might just say "This road" (pointing) "will take/bring you there".

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    Re: take/bring

    So 'bring' will work to? Not just 'take'?
    I have this idea that you use 'bring' if you (or the other person) are in the place you are talking about. Bring him to me. I'll bring him to you (your place).
    But 'I will take him there' (not bring, if neither me or the person I'm talking to are in that place).

    It should be right (or almost right), I believe?

    Thank you

    I remember I used to say 'I'll bring her to a music teacher', but was corrected to 'take'.

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    #4

    Re: take/bring

    You are right about the difference between 'bring' and 'take'. I can't think why 'bring' works with roads, but it does. 'Take' is probably more common.

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    #5

    Re: take/bring

    You can't bring a road. You can only take a road.

    The road can take you somewhere. It could also bring you somewhere, but that is less common to me.

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    #6

    Re: take/bring

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    I thought late if 'bring' would be right here?
    Probably not
    My view:

    Take this road.
    Bring this road.
    This road will take you to the place.
    This road will bring you to the place. (but less common)
    Take this road; it will take you to the place.
    Take this road; it will bring you to the place. (I can't say it is wrong, but I wouldn't use it)

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    Re: take/bring

    Тhank you :)
    But I don't think anyone was questioning 'take this road'. Sorry if it sounded like that from my question.
    Thank you for all the rest

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    #8

    Re: take/bring

    In BrE we would say it will bring you out on.. or it will bring you out at.. if we were talking about a detour round some minor roads eventually leading you back to a major road.
    It's as if we are imagining ourselves in that place, at the major road, the desired route, which we are now glad to return to. Maybe that's why we use bring in that way.
    (And, as Bill Bryson would say, we British just love to talk about the tiny details of route finding- and getting lost- and getting ourselves found again!)

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    #9

    Re: take/bring

    1) I have to bring/take a baby to his father who will be waiting at the station.

    2) I am talking to the father on the phone, saying that I will bring/take the baby to him.

    Do I use take/bring? Both? Would it be again 'take' more common?

    Or can it be that in 1) it will be 'take', but in 2) 'bring'?
    Because in 1) I'm talking to a 3-d person and in 2) the father is a part of the proccess and 'bring' will work.
    What would you say, please?

    It is similar to come/go case, I believe....

    Thank you.

    Hope I didn't confuse you too much...

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    #10

    Re: take/bring

    It is very similar to the come/go dilemma. You can bring someone/something to a place you are going. You can take someone/something from a place you are leaving.

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