Bring, Fetch, Get, Take

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I’d like to thank Monica, in Italy, for requesting this lesson. The verbs, bring, fetch, get, and take, cause confusion for many students of English. Part of the confusion arises from the fact that these verbs all seem to be fairly similar in meaning. The verbs all describe the action of moving an object from one place to another. What you need to do when using these verbs is to consider where the object being moved is in relation to yourself and others.  

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Bring round

We had to use smelling salts to revive Lulu after she fainted.

round

We had to use smelling salts to bring Lulu round after she fainted.

Bring before

The police took the prisoner to the magistrate for sentencing.

before

The police brought the prisoner before the magistrate for sentencing.

Bring down a peg

I would really like to make him realise that he is not as important as he thinks he is.

peg

I would really like to bring him down a peg.

Bring home the bacon

These English Activation Packs are helping me to earn a living.

bacon

These English Activation Packs are helping me to bring home the bacon.

Bring in from the cold

Don’t you think she’s suffered enough for her mistakes and that we should let her back into our group?

cold

Don’t you think she’s suffered enough for her mistakes and that we should bring her in from the cold?

Bring into disrepute

You only need a couple of bad online reviews to tarnish your restaurant’s reputation.

disrepute

You only need a couple of bad online reviews to bring your restaurant into disrepute.

Bring into service

We hope to make the new computers available to use this year.

service

We hope to bring the new computers into service this year.

Bring into view

My new binoculars allowed me to see the kingfisher in detail for the first time.

view

My new binoculars allowed me to bring the kingfisher into view for the first time.

Bring out in droves

The promise of free drinks will encourage a lot of people to attend.

droves

The promise of free drinks will bring people out in droves.

Bring out the best

Discipline normally encourages students to behave in the best way.

best

Discipline normally brings out the best in students.

Bring out the worst

A lack of discipline will make students behave badly.

worst

A lack of discipline will bring out the worst in students.

Bring the curtain down on

The store is going to close for business after 175 years of trading.

curtain

The store is going to bring the curtain down on 175 years of trading.

Bring to a close

If there is nothing further to discuss, we can finish this meeting.

close

If there is nothing further to discuss, we can bring this meeting to a close.

Bring to a head

She put up with the stressful working conditions for a long time, but the criticism from her boss meant that she finally had to take action.

head

She put up with the stressful working conditions for a long time, but the criticism from her boss brought the situation to a head.

Bring to a standstill

The accident on the ring road prevented traffic in the town centre from moving.

standstill

The accident on the ring road brought traffic in the town centre to a standstill.

Bring to account

The investigation uncovered his fraud and he was confronted with the truth.

account

The investigation uncovered his fraud and he was brought to account.

Bring to bear

I hope that he focusses his superior intellect on the issue of time travel.

bear

I hope that he brings his superior intellect to bear on the issue of time travel.

Bring to book

He might get away with his crimes for a long time, but eventually I will punish him for his crimes.

book

He might get away with his crimes for a long time, but eventually I will bring him to book.

Bring to heel

You really need to force that new manager to behave as we expect before she alienates the whole department.

heel

You really need to bring that new manager to heel before she alienates the whole department.

Bring to knees

Late payments and a refusal from the bank to lend any more money almost destroyed my business.

knees

Late payments and a refusal from the bank to lend any more money brought my business to its knees.

Bring to life / Bring back to life

These new English Activation Packs will revitalise many students’ studies.

life

These new English Activation Packs will bring many students’ studies back to life.

Bring to mind

That perfume you’re wearing reminds me of that time we bumped into each other in Paris.

mind

That perfume you’re wearing brings to mind that time we bumped into each other in Paris.

Bring to senses

When I showed him the true state of his bank balance it made him start acting normally again and he stopped gambling.

senses

When I showed him the true state of his bank balance it brought him to his senses and he stopped gambling.

Bring to the boil

Any suggestion of disloyalty quickly makes him angry.

boil

Any suggestion of disloyalty quickly brings him to the boil.

Bring to the test

The Activation Quizzes in these English Activation Packs really see how capable students are.

test

The Activation Quizzes in these English Activation Packs really bring students to the test.

Bring under control

It took several hours before the fire brigade was able to succeed in dealing with the conflagration.

control

It took several hours before the fire brigade was able to bring the conflagration under control.

Bring up

She reminds me of it every time we have an argument.

up

She brings it up every time we have an argument.

Bring up on charges

I have no choice but to report you to the police and have you officially accused of the crime.

charges

I have no choice but to report you to the police and have you brought up on charges.

Bring up the rear

The president was in the middle car, with two cars behind and motorcycle outriders right at the back.

rear

The president was in the middle car, with two cars behind and motorcycle outriders bringing up the rear.

Bring up to date

Your clothes are so old-fashioned. I really think you need to modernize them a bit.

date

Your clothes are so old-fashioned. I really think you need to bring them up to date.

Bring up to speed

Good to have you back. Now let me give you the latest information about where we are with the project. 

speed

Good to have you back. Now let me bring you up to speed about where we are with the project.

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