Grammar Grappler #20: Bring or Take?

Have you ever had the experience of talking with someone and knowing you’re about to use a word and then questioning yourself before it even comes out of your mouth? It happens in a split second, but that’s how I feel about bring and take.

So, here’s a quick quiz for you. Do you believe this sentence is correct or incorrect?

You can bring the stadium seats with you when you go to the College World Series in Omaha.

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Answer: Incorrect


The correct answer is:

You can take the stadium seats with you when you go to the College World Series in Omaha.

See, this is one of those sentences I go back and forth when deciding. But, bring generally indicates movement toward the speaker or writer. Take indicates movement away from the speaker or writer.

I guess what it all boils down to is sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going!


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