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The difference between “bought” and “brought”

The difference between“bought“y“Brought“

“bought“y“brought“they are easily confused because they sound so similar.

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  • “Bought“ is the past tense of“to buy“. Por ejemplo:
    • I bought a new laptop.
  • “Brought“ is the past tense of“bring“. Por ejemplo:
    • James brought the birthday cake to the restaurant this morning.


“Bought“is the simple past tense and the past participle of the verb“to buy“.

Example sentences with“bought“:

  • I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring. (Comedian Mitch Hedberg) ✔️
    (Here,“bought“is in the simple past tense.)
  • Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage – they have experienced pain and have bought jewelry. (Comedian Rita Rudner) ✔️
    (Here,“bought“is a past participle.)


“Brought“is the simple past tense and the past participle of the verb“bring“.

Example sentences with“brought“:

  • I brought the film like a flower to the world. (Film director Claude Chabrol) ✔️
    (Here,“brought“is in the simple past tense.)
  • Great things are done by a series of small things that have been brought together. (Artist Vincent Van Gogh) ✔️
    (Here,“brought“is a past participle.)


Let the r in“brought“remind you of“bring.“

Brought or Brung?

The past tense of“bring“es“brought“.“nose“does not exist. It’s a misspelling.“Brang“doesn’t exist either. It is also a spelling error. This mistake is understandable when you consider the similar-looking past forms of verbs:

verb past tense past participle
to ring rang rung
to sing sang sung
to bring brang

Common Terms with“Bought“and“Brought“

Terms with“bought“:

  • bought a car
  • bought as seen
  • bought the farm
  • bought the dummy

Terms with“brought“:

  • brought a smile to my face
  • brought a tear to my eye
  • brought down
  • brought forward
  • brought into question
  • brought it up
  • brought to bear

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