This scorching summer day got us talking about cooler seasons, like fall. And that led to thoughts of fall holidays, like Thanksgiving. And visions of pie.
How will we get that pie? Will someone take it to our house? Or bring it to our house?
Ah, the bring and the take.
Those are two of the verbs with the most confused usage of all -- ones we frequently correct when proofreading for our PRigital Solutions clients. So just what is the proper usage?
Consider that Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Right: "I am going to take a pie to the Smiths for Thanksgiving dessert."
Wrong: "I am going to bring a pie to the Smiths for Thanksgiving dessert."
Right: "I brought the pie the Smiths served for dessert."
Wrong: "I took the pie the Smiths served for desserrt."
Simply, "take" is used when an object is going away from a fixed location. "Bring" is used when something is going to a fixed location. Examples:
"May I bring a friend to dinner?"
"Will you be taking anyone to dinner with you?"
"Take an umbrella when you go to the beach."
"Bring an umbrella when you come to the beach."
"Remind me to take the garbage can to the curb."
"Remind me to bring the garbage can back to the garage."
So, are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Who will bring the pie? Or are you taking it to someone's house?
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