Fetch - bring - take - and get

Students of English up to the Cambridge 1st Certificate and beyond, often get the meanings of these words wrong.

The image below graphically illustrates the difference.

Get, in this context, means the same as fetch.



Some examples:

John standing near Mary, his secretary, in his office: Mary, could you take these files to Harry in the next room, please? He needs them.

here to there


John on the telephone to Joe, who is in another part of town: Hi, Joe - would you like to come to dinner Saturday? And bring your girlfriend, of course!

there to here


John standing near Mary in his office: Mary, Harry has some files for me. Could you please go along the corridor and fetch (or get) them - I need them.

go to a place, carrying nothing, collect, and bring back to here

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