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Brought and bought

bought or brought

Brought and bought are two different words with two different meanings and two different spellings.

They are both verbs and they are both irregular verbs. They are both the past simple/past participle forms of their respective verbs. Even though they have different spellings, only one letter separates the two.

When they are spoken, you may or may not hear audibly the “r,” but you definitely see it when written in text, so it’s important not to confuse the two.

Brought is the past tense and past participle of bring. It is defined as to carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place

I brought enough money for the movies tonight.
The movie role brought him fame and fortune.

If you bring something with you, you take it along with you.

Bought is the past tense and past participle of buy. It is defined as to acquire in exchange for money; to purchase.

Will you buy me dinner tonight?
He bought me dinner tonight, even though we’re not dating.
John bought a new motorbike.
TV personality Oprah Winfrey, who last year bought 60 acres near Telluride in Colorado, has recently bought a nearby property for $14 million.

Write a few sentences using brought and bought.

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