These three verbs describe situations in which someone or something is moved from one place to another. The way they are used depends on where the speaker is with regard to the listener and vice versa.
Bring and take
Julie tells a friend that she invited John for dinner:
John came round for dinner last Saturday. He brought me some wine and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. (From Julie’s viewpoint, she is the destination of the movement.)
But John would say:
I went round to Julie’s on Saturday. I took her some wine and some flowers. (From John’s viewpoint, he is responsible for the movement.)
Fetch means to go to a place to get, buy, or collect something or someone and return:
Take a seat and I’ll fetch you a glass of water.
As the temperatures go down, it’s a good opportunity to revise some vocabulary to talk about the cold weather.
frost n. = thin coat of ice (frosty adj.)
We are having many frosty mornings this winter.
sleet = a mixture of rain and snow (sleety adj.)
The sleet made driving conditions very dangerous.
slush = dirty, melting snow
By lunchtime the snow had turned into slush.
blizzard = snowstorm
The road was closed because of the blizzard.
And the following verbs are used with snow:
settle = cuajar
It has been snowing all morning, but the temperature is too high for it to settle.
thaw = derretirse
The warm spring sunshine is making the snow thaw.
To revise more vocabulary related to the weather go to That’s English! Module 2, Unit 5, Module 7, Unit 1 or listen to the podcast Talking about the weather in this app.
Here are some more examples of how the verb get is used:
= travel (by) or catch (a means of transport)
To travel around in London you can get the tube, a bus or a black cab, although cabs are expensive.
= arrive at
I left work late and by the time I got to the pub, my friends had already left.
The actor has got to the point in her film career in which she feels she would like to go on the stage.
= bring / fetch (something)
When you go to the supermarket, would you mind getting me some bananas?
= answer the door/telephone
A: The phone is ringing!
B: I’ll get it!
To be continued…
At this time of year we usually wish our friends and family all the best for the New Year. We also use this expression at the end of emails as it is a friendly and informal way of saying goodbye.
Here are a few other expressions with best:
had best = ought to/should
You’d best get up earlier tomorrow so that you’re not late for the interview.
Be for the best = be desirable in the end, although at first it may not seem so
I was very upset when my parents got divorced, but now I understand that it was for the best.
The best part of = most of
I spent the best part of the weekend cleaning the house.
Make the best of = to use resources as well as possible
The students are encouraged to make the best of what they have learnt during the course in the team projects.
Get the best of = to gain advantage over
When I saw his phone, my curiosity got the best of me and I looked at his messages.
January is often the month when people decide to make changes in their lifestyle. Here are some of the idioms that we might use at this time of the year:
Have a new lease of life = to become more energetic
Since my mum started doing Pilates, she’s had a new lease of life.
Turn over a new leaf = to start to behave in a better or more responsible way
He has turned over a new leaf: he has stopped going out every evening and has started to study much harder.
Shake things up = reorganize things
The new boss has really shaken things up in the company. He has replaced the Sales and the Financial Directors.
Go back to square one = go back to where one started, usually when an idea has been unsuccessful
After Christmas he had to go back to square one with his diet, as he had put back on all the weight that he had lost during the autumn.