When I began to think about English phrasal verbs and its meanings and in particular phrasal verbs with BRING that I realised how many ways we can use it. There are so many prepositions in English you can use with some really interesting meanings.
In its most simple way the verb BRING means: to carry with you, to take with you.
Will I bring (take with you) my overnight bag in case we wish to stay the night in the city?
– Can I help you with those boxes?
– You take those two and I will bring the rest (to carry).
You also hear it in many other situations. On a recent weather forecast the lady said “there is a strong wind coming in from the west over the next few days bringing a lot of rain with it”.
When I was young we always liked to go to the local church or school when they had a “bring and buy sale” for charity. For weeks the organisers would collect goods you did not want and then on the day of the “bring and buy sale” people would come and buy pieces of furniture, books and clothes that other people had donated (given for nothing). Today we call these “car boot sales” but it is the same but not for charity! People are just selling items they no longer need to raise some cash and clear some space in their homes.
8 Phrasal Verbs with BRING
to change something.
ex. The new government promised to introduce new laws and bring about change in relation to keeping wild animals as pets.
to raise a point.
ex. At the meeting he insisted on speaking as he want to bring up the point about the new recruitment. Why was it taking so long ?
to cause something to stop. Often used to describe a political situation.
ex. The constant strikes and demonstrations about the governments’ economic policies would soon bring down the government and force an early election.
to take with you.
ex. Would you like to come to my party next week. It’s my birthday. Bring along a friend if you like!
to take something that is outside and place it inside.
ex. The weather is changing. It is going to rain. Would you mind bringing in the washing that is drying whilst I prepare lunch.
creates some change in a person either physical or in attitude.
ex. When Michael is in the office everyone is more relaxed .He has a great sense of humour. He brings out the best in everyone(everyone feels happier, everyone works better).
to return or to re-appear.
ex. When a movie or play is very popular and the people would like to see it again you will often see a notice in the cinema or theatre “brought back by popular demand for 2 more weeks”.
to be successful at something or to achieve something.
ex. David is going to try and negotiate on our behalf with the boss. We want a bonus for all our hard work. I hope he can bring it off. I hope he will succeed.
So as you can see the English language is once again fascinating in the many uses we can find for a simple five letter verb BRING.
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