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Bring Me Some Water

Posted by languageandgrammar on February 3, 2009

Bring and take are easily confused because their meanings are so similar, but the difference is in the perspective.

Bring is done toward you, the speaker, as in the song Bring Me Some Water. Anything transported to you is brought to you. I wish someone would bring me that water already!

Take is done away from you, the speaker. I’ll take a glass of water to him; by now, he must need it more than I do.

Other examples:

I took an apple to him.

She took her car to the garage.

She took him to his father’s house.

Sherry

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