Which way to go: Bring vs. take

These two words often leave writers’ compasses spinning. To get yourself righted, think of these words in terms of direction.

Bring is when something comes to you, as in Please bring your toy here so I can fix it.

Take, however, is when something goes away from you, as in Please take this file to the Accounting Department.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.