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Can you bring me back some milk?

 
 
Reply Sun 25 Nov, 2018 10:37 am
Can you bring me back some milk?

In the above sentence, when are the speaker and the listener physically located?
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sun 25 Nov, 2018 11:55 am
@paok1970,
One is on the couch watching TV eating cookies. The other one got up and is headed for the kitchen.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 25 Nov, 2018 12:11 pm
@PUNKEY,
Can I use "get" as an alternative to "bring back" in the above sentence?

Thanks again for your kind help.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 25 Nov, 2018 04:14 pm
@paok1970,
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Can I use "get" as an alternative...?

Yes.
Would you get me some milk?
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Ponderer
 
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Reply Sun 25 Nov, 2018 09:42 pm
@paok1970,
The speaker and the listener are together. The listener is leaving, going to a place where there is milk, but will be coming back. The speaker says
"Can you bring me back some milk?", meaning "When you come back, can you bring me back some milk?"
If the speaker says "Can you get me some milk?", that is more of a request by the speaker for the listener to go and get the milk.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 01:57 am
@Ponderer,
Not necessarily. The listener may be out and phoning the speaker who may have replied to the question, 'Do you want me to get you anything from the shops?'

The sentence alone is too vague, more context is needed to establish for certain where the two parties are in relation to each other.
paok1970
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 02:51 am
@izzythepush,
Would you please be so kind as to explain when or in which context I should use the two sentences above?

Thank you.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 04:46 am
@paok1970,
Is this a physics problem? We have a resident physick.
laughoutlood
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 06:37 am
@farmerman,
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when are the speaker and the listener physically located?


When indeed.

While search teams expect to find the sheep in the meadow and the cows in the corn within the hour, there's no word yet on little boy blue and little bo peep's whereabouts which one hunter described as "like trying to find a needle in a haystack".

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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 06:40 am
@paok1970,
Whenever someone is asking someone to bring them back some milk from wherever they're going. It could be anywhere, work, home, club or anywhere else really. The two individuals could be in the same room/building or talking on the phone/internet.

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 26 Nov, 2018 07:48 am
Paik

What is it that you don’t understand?

It is simply asking someone to do something. It is asking another person to do a task, stating the request as a question instead of a denand.

Request/Question:
Can you get me the hammer?
Will you hand me the hammer?

Demand or order:
Give me the hammer.
Get the hammer.
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