Bought or brought?

This is a tricky one and I often see native speakers get this wrong.

Let's consider this example:

"I bought a coat" - this means you went to the shops and paid money for a coat.

"I brought this coat (from home)" - this means you already had the coat and you have taken it with you to where you are going.

A quick tip to help you remember:

bought - to buy. There is no "r" in buy.

brought - to bring. There is an "r" in bring.

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