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"Bring" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "traer", and "bring along" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "llevar consigo". Learn more about the difference between "bring" and "bring along" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to take along)
a. traer
They forgot to bring the bread.Se les olvidó traer el pan.
b. llevar
Are you going to bring sunblock to the beach?¿Vas a llevar bloqueador a la playa?
2. (to cause)
a. traer
This is what brings misfortune to the family.Esto es lo que trae desgracias a la familia.
b. causar
The heavy rain brought flooding to many areas.Las lluvias fuertes causaron inundaciones en muchas zonas.
3. (to motivate)
a. poder
I couldn't bring myself to look.No podía ni mirar.
b. no ser capaz de
She was so tired she couldn't bring herself to get out of bed.Estaba tan cansada que no era capaz de levantarse de la cama.
4. (to yield)
a. dar
Good decisions can bring good results quickly.Tomar buenas decisiones puede dar buenos resultados rápidamente.
5. (legal)
a. formular
They decided not to bring charges against him because of his age.Decidieron no formularle cargos por su edad.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to bring with)
a. llevar consigo
Make sure you bring sunscreen along; it's going to be hot out today.Asegúrate de llevar crema solar contigo; va hacer mucho a calor hoy.
b. traer consigo
My mom asked to me bring my little brother along when we go to the movies.Mi madre me pidió que traiga a mi hermano menor conmigo cuando vayamos al cine.
2. (to help)
a. ayudar a mejorar
The senior employees always do everything they can to bring the more inexperienced ones along.Los empleados superiores siempre hacen todo lo posible para ayudar a mejorar los novatos.
b. potenciar el talento de
Stan's responsibility is to bring the new members of the team along so that they know all the plays.La responsabilidad de Stan es potenciar a los nuevos miembros del equipo para que se sepan todas la jugadas.
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