bought vs brought : Common Errors in English

About bought vs brought

If you pay for something, you’ve bought it; if you bring something you’ve brought it. These two words are probably interchanged most often out of mere carelessness. A spelling checker won’t catch the switch, so watch out for it.

bought Meaning(s)

  • (n) an advantageous purchase
  • (v) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
  • (v) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  • (v) be worth or be capable of buying
  • (v) acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
  • (v) accept as true

brought Meaning(s)

  • (v) bring into a different state
  • (v) be accompanied by
  • (v) advance or set forth in court
  • (v) bestow a quality on
  • (v) be sold for a certain price
  • (v) attract the attention of
  • (v) induce or persuade
  • (v) take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  • (v) cause to come into a particular state or condition
  • (v) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  • (v) go or come after and bring or take back

bought in News

  1. Centrica takes 25 percent of British shale gas venture

    LONDON (Reuters) - British utility Centrica said it had bought a 25 percent stake in a venture licensed to explore for shale gas in northern England from Cuadrilla Resources and AJ Lucas for 40 million pounds ($62.8 million). Australian company AJ Lucas said in January it was in talks with energy investors to sell a stake in its Bowland joint venture, and media speculation followed that Centrica ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Why Viacom Should Be Bought on the Dip

    Why Viacom Should Be Bought on the Dip        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  3. Mansion bought for $2.75M was built with toxic drywall

    The toxic Chinese drywall used in one couple's Cudjoe Key luxury dream home has turned into a legal nightmare. A South Dakota man who bought the $2.75 million, 4,300 square-foot mansion on Redfish... read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Key West Citizen

brought in News

  1. Teacher who brought gun pleads guilty

    A Farb Middle School teacher who brought a loaded gun to work, possibly as a means of defending himself on the Tierrasanta campus, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KGTV San Diego

  2. Teen who brought unloaded gun to school gets jail time

    Jacob David Allen, the 18-year-old who brought an unloaded gun onto a school campus, has been sentenced to six months in jail, with five months and 10 days suspended, three years of unsupervised probation and ordered to undergo a behavioral counseling assessment."I...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Yuma Sun

  3. Austin Collie Brought in for Work Out With Patriots Tuesday Morning

    The New England Patriots brought in one of Peyton Manning‘s old pals on Tuesday. Austin Collie worked out with the Patriots before minicamp practice, according to a league source. Mike Reiss of had the news first. Collie worked as a slot receiver with the Indianapolis Colts, but he’s been plagued by injury issues. He […]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New England Sports Network

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