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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:22 am
Can I bring a friend to your party next week?

Can I take a friend to your party next week?

Do the sentences have the same meaning?

Many thanks.
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panzade
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:25 am
my take on that is ...yes
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:27 am
@tanguatlay,
I'd go with the first one. The difference between take and bring, to my mind, is directional to the person you are speaking to. If I'm coming towards you, I bring something. If I'm going away from you, I take it away. In this case, since I'm coming to your party, I'm bringing a friend.
panzade
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:29 am
@FreeDuck,
leave it to a duck ...
FreeDuck
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:35 am
@panzade,
I should really probably study English before I answer any more of these questions.
panzade
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 08:38 am
@FreeDuck,
nah...was so nice to see you post I had to goose ya.
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JTT
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 09:26 pm
@FreeDuck,
I've never noticed any need for that, FD. As I recall, all your replies regarding English have shown large measures of good sense. Come to think of it, that applies to every post of yours that I've read.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2009 11:27 pm
@FreeDuck,
FreeDuck wrote:

I'd go with the first one. The difference between take and bring, to my mind, is directional to the person you are speaking to. If I'm coming towards you, I bring something. If I'm going away from you, I take it away. In this case, since I'm coming to your party, I'm bringing a friend.
Thanks. I agree with your reply and explanation.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jul, 2009 07:28 am
@JTT,
You both are incredibly kind.
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jul, 2009 10:12 am
@FreeDuck,
Quote:
The difference between take and bring, to my mind, is directional to the person you are speaking to. If I'm coming towards you, I bring something. If I'm going away from you, I take it away. In this case, since I'm coming to your party, I'm bringing a friend.


I can think of a situation where 'take' might be used but that doesn't rule out 'bring' as described by FreeDuck.

Say 'you' was [does that work better for consistency in number, OmSig?] having a kegger at a secret location in the countryside.

Can I take a friend to your kegger?

While 'bring' would still be an option, and I think it's still likely the most likely option, because 'you' is [and this?] still the direction of flow, the "I'm coming towards you".



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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jul, 2009 10:16 am
@FreeDuck,
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Re: JTT (Post 3703470)
You both are incredibly kind.


Geeze, she's on to us. I told you she was bright.

You did not.

Did too.

Did not.

...
FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jul, 2009 04:57 pm
@JTT,
Laughing
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