Brought vs. Bought

In this lesson, we're gonna discuss the differences and similarities between these two words. Are they the same or do they have slight differences?

"Brought" vs. "Bought" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

They are both the past tense of two verbs. However, 'brought' is the past tense of 'bring', whereas, 'bought' is the past tense of 'buy'.


'Brought' is the past form of the verb 'bring', whereas, 'bought' is the past form of the verb 'buy'. Look at the examples below:

Look who brought you presents!

I wasn't supposed to, but I bought a few clothing items.


They are only similar in that they have nearly the same dictations.

Are They Interchangeable?

As it was mentioned above, they are past forms of completely different verbs, so if we use them interchangeably, our sentence will be incorrect. Compare:

✓ I wish I had brought my headphones with me.

X I wish I had bought my headphones with me.


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