Commonly Confused Words: “Bought” vs. “Brought”

17 06 2012

Increasingly I have been noticing words that are commonly misused or confused with other words in writing and generally it would be unkind or inappropriate to point it out to the author at the time, so I thought I would do a few posts on here about it instead.

Just to make it clear, I want these to be positive posts, not critical, unkind or negative ones.  It’ll probably be easiest if they follow a set format, so here’s the first one.

Misused word: Brought

Example of misuse: How old was your son when you first took him out and brought an ice cream?

Word it is confused with: Bought

Corrected example: How old was your son when you first took him out and bought an ice cream?

Explanation: Brought is the past tense of bringbought is the past tense of buy.  Did money change hands in order to obtain the ice cream or was it taken with you from home?  You bRing something today, yesterday you bRought it; you buy something today, yesterday you bought it.

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