While the English languages is comprised of more than a million words – just take a look at the many volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary for proof of this – the simple truth is that the average person uses far fewer. In fact, according to some scholars, only 300 words account for 65% of all written communication. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that English language learners can do more with less and, one way to do exactly that is to use more phrasal verbs. Here are few that all use the same root: bring:
Bring … About – to cause or initiate
- By studying hard you, too, can bring about incredible success.
Note: Remember, this phrasal verb, like all others, must be modified to make the tense (present, past, future). For example, though the sentence above is in the present tense, this phrasal verb is often used in the past and therefore written as “brought about”.
Bring … Along – to carry or take with
- The worried parents always bring along supplies for their new baby – that way they have what they need under any circumstances.
Bring … Around – to convince or otherwise change someone’s mind
- After discussing the issue for several hours Debbie was finally able to bring Mike around to her side of the problem.
Note: As noted with the symbols above, this phrasal verb must have the person or thing being convinced between the two verbs (and not after them).*
Bring … On – to cause something to happen
- James should have known better – discussing politics at Thanksgiving always brings on a fight between his sisters.
Note: “Bring about” and “bring on” are extremely close in meaning and can often be used interchangeably.
For more on our system of notation – as well as a lot more phrasal verbs – check out our phrasal verb blog posts!