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Common Error: "Bring" vs. "Take"

It’s Mistake Monday again! Today’s error is surprisingly common, but fortunately it’s also easy to fix. Let’s take a look:

Common Error: Bring vs. Take
DON’T say this: Thank you very much for taking me here.
If you’re going downtown, can you bring me to the bus stop?
WHY? Take means to move something away from where you are now. Remember the phrase “take this away from me.

Bring means to move something from a different place to where you are now. Use the phrase “bring that to me” to help you remember.

INSTEAD, SAY THIS: -“Thank you very much for bringing me here.” (After someone gives you a ride, for example).
-“If you’re going downtown, can you take me to the bus stop?”

Easy, right? I hope you can all take the tips in today’s common error and use them to improve your English.
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  1. AnnaLisa
    On April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm Reply

    This one is so hard to get right mostly because we often don’t realize there’s any difference between them at all. You said it concisely, though–I may share this link.

  2. Sitzman
    On April 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Thanks! Please feel free to do so.

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