I'm confused that whether I can use "to bring it" or not in grammar.

because as I know, we can't use "to with verb" not "to verb+ing". for example,

"Should I have to go back to my room to bring it?"

If I wrong. please correct to me.


I came across some relative sentence as the below when I googling.

"bring the water to the boil "

I understand that sentence like someone ask to get some water to boil the water.

Is this right I understood?

what if I want to express that the what am I supposed to do?

  • We usually use bring when we're speaking from the final location of the thing to be moved, so your example isn't very idiomatic. Most people would either ask Should I go back to my room to fetch it? or Do I have to go back to my room to fetch it? (as the introduction to a question the combination should I have to doesn't work in this context either). Jul 14, 2018 at 16:00
  • Bring is fine if both speakers are in the same location. Shall I bring you some tea? [If I am in the same place as you.]. "Should I have to" does work if the person is commenting in context or whining about having to do something.
    – Lambie
    Jul 14, 2018 at 16:16

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to bring it is fine but in that particular question to bring it is not used properly, not unless the question is modified in some way, such as to bring it here. You would want to say get or fetch instead of bring.

You can bring only that which you see yourself as not unable to bring.

Shall I bring this camera to the beach with us?

Can I bring a date to a wedding?

Since you don't have it and need to go get it before you would be able to bring it, you wouldn't say bring there.

This would be idiomatic:

Should I go back to my room and get it so I can bring it?

Should I go back to my room and bring it here?


Should I have to go back to my room to bring it here?

Bring (despite what some people may say) is to the place where the speaker is.

(Please note, in AmE people tend to say/use bring for take. Take is actually away from the speaker: Please take these clothes to your room (You are not in your room). In AmE, people tend to say: Please bring these clothes to your room. Just pointing this out.)

So, you can ask someone who is with you the question by adding the word "here" to mean the place where you as speaker and your interlocutor are located.

  • Bearing in mind Lambie's AmE comment, what about: I'm in London at present but I can meet you in Paris at the weekend. Please bring my watch with you when you come? Jul 14, 2018 at 16:32
  • That is not the mistake AmE speakers make: they make the following mistake. You and I are in the same place, and I say to you: Can you bring me to the swimming pool this afternoon? Obviously, for the watch, it's bring to where the speaker will be.
    – Lambie
    Jul 14, 2018 at 16:42
  • No, in your example, bring is actually correct, with you is wrong: Please bring my watch to me when you come [we will both be in Paris at that point]. Because: "Please take my watch with you" would mean or imply I will not be there. As this does: Please take my tennis racket with you [on your trip] if you can't find your own.
    – Lambie
    Jul 14, 2018 at 16:48

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