Come, Go, Bring, Take, Fetch and Get

Come Go Bring Take Fetch: Simple English Videos ESL Lesson

Carter, bring me the newspaper. Carter, get the newspaper. Why don’t you go and fetch it yourself? No, he has to learn. Carter, bring me the newspaper. I don’t think it’s working. This lesson’s about some very common verbs that can be confusing. These four verbs are all irregular. Can you remember them? Come, came, come. Go, went, gone. Bring, brought, brought. Take, took, taken. Great! Now the tricky thing is the meanings. Let’s start with ‘come’ and ‘go’. I’m getting hungry. Well, we’re having dinner with Graham and Carole tonight. Now are they coming here or are we going there? We’re going there. Oh good. You don’t like my cooking. (Laughter) I love your cooking. We use ‘come’ for movements towards us. We use ‘go’ for movements away. Come. Good boy. Good boy. Go to your crate. Good boy. Bring’ and ‘take’ are similar. The direction is important. The mailman’s brought the mail. I’ll take it to Vicki. So we use ‘bring’ for movements towards us. We use ‘take’ for movements away. There’s a good boy. Jay, erm, if you bring me his leash I’ll take him out. OK. Thank you. There’s a good boy. So it’s easy, huh? Come here. Go away. Bring it here. Take it away. Well not quite. ‘Go’ and ‘take’ are straightforward. We use them to talk about movement to another place. But ‘come’ and ‘bring’ are a little tricky because sometimes we imagine ourselves in the position of the person we’re talking to. We choose the verb that matches their point of view, not ours. A dinner party? Oooo, we’d love to come. What can we bring? So I’m speaking about the position of the person I’m talking to here. A dinner party? Oooo, we’d love to come. What can we bring? So here’s a way to think about it. Coming and bringing – movement towards you or the person you’re talking to. OK. Dinner’s ready. I’m coming. OK. Dinner’s ready. I’m coming. Is Juan here yet? No. Erm.. Where are you holding the meeting? Room 306. I’ll bring him up when he arrives. Thanks. Is Juan here yet? No. Erm.. Where are you holding the meeting? Room 306. I’ll bring him up when he arrives. Thanks. Now there are two more verbs to look at before we stop. ‘Fetch’ is a regular verb and ‘get’ is irregular. Get, got, gotten. Get, got, got. No it’s get, got, gotten. British and American English are a little different. OK, I’ll be back in half an hour. Oh, are you going to the cafeteria? Yes. Could you get me a doughnut? Yes. So ‘get’ means go to a place and bring something back. In British English we can say ‘fetch’ here too. It means the same as ‘get’. OK, I’ll fetch you a doughnut. You mean you’ll get one for me. Yes. Great! Fetch’ sounds very old fashioned in American English. Oh, did you get me a doughnut. No, sorry. They’d sold out. I got a cheese sandwich instead. But I don’t like cheese. Well, not to worry. I do. Subscribe to our channel to see more of our videos. And if your organization needs specialized English Language Training, we make videos for that too. So get in touch if we can help.

7 thoughts on “Come, Go, Bring, Take, Fetch and Get

  • July 9, 2015 at 4:28 am
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    Thanks for the video!! -oh my goodness, even the dog was dead good acting out!!
    I think I already knew how to use come,go, bring, take, get, but I was unsure about fetch. And, I learnt a great word: straightforward!
    Mmmmm…, could I ask for a video about a bit of a slang, please?

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    • July 11, 2015 at 7:19 am
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      Ha! yes, Carter was unusually well behaved in that video. A bit of slang, eh? Thanks for the suggestion. Let me see what we can do.

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      • July 11, 2015 at 9:28 am
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        Thank you Vicki!! If that’s not possible I’ll understand, of course!!!!

        I really enjoy learning with these videos. I’m not trying to…., oh, how do you say when someone is telling you beautiful things about you to get something? I’m not trying that!

        I’m a new English teacher for kids in Catalonia (Spain), and I like to learn more and more.

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  • August 2, 2015 at 12:56 am
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    If I got these videos at the school I work in , I Would share to all students.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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    Hi Vick, I have a question: is it only in these two examples you would use “come” and “bring” instead of “going” and “take”? I was confused when it should be more appropriated to use one in place of the other. If it is possible, can you give me more examples. Thank you! <3

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    • September 12, 2015 at 1:21 am
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      Hi Juliana. It’s only with the verbs ‘come’ and ‘bring’ that we imagine ourselves in the situation of the person we are talking to. I think it might be a matter of politeness. We see things from their point of view, not ours. So when a visitor is knocking on our front door we might call out ‘I’m coming’ as we go towards the door. And if someone invites us out we might say ‘Can I bring a friend?’ if we want to take someone with us.

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