10 Most Common Collocations with Bring

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Bring

Means to guide, lead, or escort someone to a place. Bring is frequently used when speaking English, and it has many collocations. Here are some of the most popular.

1. Bring here

Is something that someone asks another person to do. They would like for them to take something that is out of their reach, and walk it over to them.

  • Person A brings something to Person B. The thing that one wants is usually placed in between the words (bring ___here).

2. Bring over hereΒ 

Is also something that is said, and it has the same meaning.

  • Bring the stapler here please.
  • Can you bring those apples over here?
  • Bring it here.

3. Bring home

Means to bring something to your house. This is asking someone to physically pick something up and guide or walk it home.

The thing being brought can be an object or a person. The thing that needs to be brought home usually goes in between the two words (bring ___ home).

  • Can you bring the kids home at 4?
  • I would like for you to bring the car home after they are done with it at the shop.

4. Bring life

Refers to putting energy back into something that has seemed like it was dying out. For example if an industry was dying out or a city was dying out, then something may come along and bring life to it.

This phrase can also be used to refer to bringing actual life, as in giving birth to children. Bring back life is also commonly used in the same way.

  • The team is hoping that acquiring a new star player will bring life to the hopes of a championship again.
  • I’m not sure if anything can bring back life to the coal industry.
  • It was amazing to watch the whale bring life into this world.

5. Bring together

Means to take two or more things that are separate and to join or connect them. Those things can be physically brought together, emotionally brought together, or intellectually brought together.

  • The instructions say we need to bring together the leg of the table with the corner or the main section.
  • The traumatic experience really brought us together.
  • After discussing our ideas we found a way to bring the two sides together.

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6. Bring along

Refers to making people agree or do what you want. It can also mean to physically take something with you.

  • After a rough start the singer was able to bring along the crowd. By the end of the concert the crowd was having a great time.
  • What should we bring along tonight?
  • Should we bring along our plates?

7. Bring people

Means exactly what is says. It means to take people somewhere. It may mean to bring people physically.

It can also mean that you have a group of people that you represent and and if someone convinces you to do or agree with something most of those people will follow you. For example, this may be spoken of in political terms.

Usually people follow a certain group or person and they will agree with what that person endorses. In that case the influential person brings people to an idea or cause.

This is also seen with celebrity endorsers or just influencers. Advertisers use this because they feel like they will bring people into the store to buy their product.

  • I have to bring people to the event next week.
  • Jake has a large network of people. If we can convince him that our idea will help them, he will bring more people to our cause.

8. Can bring

Refers to the possibility of bringing someone or something. In this case nothing has been decided, it’s just possible. Something should be brought, but what that something will be has not yet been decided. Can I bring, or can you bring is also commonly used.

  • What can I bring for dinner tonight?
  • Can you bring your sister to the party?
  • Everyone can bring something.

9. Want to bring

Refers to someone having the desire to bring something. This can be something physical or a person.

  • Do you want to bring something to the wedding?
  • Bring whatever you want to bring.

10. Bring change

Can refer to three things; the hope that something will be different, that something is going to happen that will make things different, or that something has already happened and things are now different.

It can be a physical change to an object or a place. It can also be a change to a person. It can even be a change to someone’s emotional state. This phrase can be used for anything that can become different.

  • We are going to bring change to the country.
  • The weather patterns will continue to bring change to the city.
  • We have to find a way to bring change to her attitude.

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