What is the difference in the meaning between "Sinbad takes a barrel" and "Sinbad takes a barrel with him" ?

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The addition of with him in this context emphasizes the fact that after Sinbad takes the barrel, he has it close to him for a certain period of time while he journeys in search of water to fill the barrel.

  • When I read "Sinbad takes a sweet and gives it to Sally", I interpret it like this. Sindbad grabbed a sweet by hand. He handed a sweet to Sally. I do not understand how I can hand a sweet to Sally without holding the sweet by hand. I would appreciate a little explanation for me to understand.
    – user22046
    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:31
  • When I read "Sinbad takes a barrel", I interpret it like this, "Sinbad grabbed a barrel by hand". I would appreciate it if you let me know what went wrong.
    – user22046
    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:37
  • Does "Sinbad takes a barrel" means that Sinbad grabs a barrel and then has it close to him? Is the difference in the meaning between “Sinbad takes a barrel” and “Sinbad takes a barrel with him”it that the difference between with " for a significant period of time " and without " for a significant period of time " ?
    – user22046
    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:48
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    @user22046 - Don't try to interpret "Sinbad takes a barrel" apart from its surrounding context. The verb take has many possible meanings; figuring out which one is the intended meaning requires the reader to look at the rest of the passage. By itself, "Sinbad takes a barrel" could mean, "Sinbad steals a barrel," "Sinbad grabs a barrel," "Sinbad totes a barrel," or even "Sinbad wins a barrel [as a prize]." Adding the phrase "with him" helps the reader understand which definition is being used.
    – J.R.
    Sep 8, 2017 at 16:03

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