Example Sentences of the Verb Bring

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This page provides example sentences of the verb "bring" in all tenses in English. Study examples of positive and negative sentences, as well as questions. Make sure 

Infinitive: to bring

Use the infinitive form "to bring" when combining with verbs that take infinitives as an object:

She hopes to bring that up at the meeting.

Base Form: bring

Use the base form "bring" together with helping verbs in the present simple, past simple, and future simple:

Do you usually bring your homework to class?
They didn't bring any news of the situation.
They won't bring anything to eat
.

Past Simple: brought

Use the past simple "brought" in positive sentences with the past simple:

Peter brought his racket last weekend. 

Past Participle: brought

Use the past participle "brought" in past, present, and future perfect forms:

He's brought a number of friends to the party.
They hadn't brought anything to eat, so they went out.
She will have brought enough food for everyone.

Present Participle: bringing

Use the present participle, or "ing" form, for present, past and future continuous tenses, as well as for all perfect continuous tenses:

 She's bringing the drinks tonight.
Tom was bringing up the idea when she interrupted him.
They have been bringing a lot of new information to the discussion
.

Each of these forms is used with different tenses. "Bring" is an irregular verb and should be memorized.

 

Present Simple

She often brings friends to work.
How often do they bring their children to work?
Peter doesn't usually bring anything for lunch.

Present Continuous

Mary is bringing Jack to the party.
Why are they bringing up that topic?
We aren't bringing our friends to the show. 

Present Perfect

I haven't brought much food today.
How much money have they brought to the table?
She hasn't brought any homework with her.

Present Perfect Continuous

She has been bringing her friends along for years.
How long have you been bringing up that topic?
They haven't been bringing much to our potluck lately.

Past Simple

Alice brought a new friend to the party.
When did you bring that subject up with him?
She didn't bring any luggage with her last weekend.

Past Continuous

I was bringing out the present when she burst into the room.
What were you bringing up when he interrupted you?
He wasn't bringing about any change when they let him go.

Past Perfect

The others had brought the food before they arrived.
How many books had you brought to the study session?
She hadn't brought up that topic until you mentioned it.
 

Past Perfect Continuous

She had been bringing different friends to work for years before her boss told her to stop.
How long had they been bringing their lunch to work before they started eating in the cafeteria?
She hadn't been bringing many friends around when he asked her to stop bringing anyone. 

Future (Will)

Janice will bring the dessert.
What will you bring to the party?
She won't bring that up at the meeting. 

Future (Going to)

I am going to bring the drinks to the party.
When are you going to bring your friends around for a visit?
They aren't going to bring her instrument to the concert.

 

Future Continuous

This time next week we will be bringing about a number of changes.
What will you be bringing up at the next meeting?
She won't be bringing anything to eat, so we're going out. 

Future Perfect

They will have brought enough food by six o'clock.
How many times will you have brought a dessert by the end of the year?
We won't have brought enough steaks, so I'll go shopping.

To continue learning, make sure you study other irregular verbs and practice using a variety of tenses. Continue your focus on irregular verbs and practice using a variety of tenses. Continue your focus on "bring" with the following quiz.

Bring Quiz

Use the verb "bring" in the correct tense in the sentences below:

  1. I __________  the cake to the party before he arrived.
  2. We  __________  the product out twenty years ago.
  3. Who  __________ the wine to the party?
  1. I think Tom  __________ his girlfriend to the party, but I'm not sure.
  2. Alex always  __________   work home with him.
  3. She ______________ up the topic when he rudely interrupted.
  4. They  __________  many friends to dinner since they moved here two years ago.
  5. Susan ____________ a few friends over before I arrived.
  6. She  __________ the list right now. Don't worry.
  7. My neighbor  _______ up a few topics at the meeting last week. 

Answers:

  1. had brought
  2. brought
  3. will bring/is going to bring
  4. will bring
  5. brings
  6. was bringing up
  7. have brought 
  8. had brought 
  9. is bringing
  10. brought up