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bought vs brought

bought past tense of the verb to buy
For example: "I bought a newspaper at the newsagents. "

brought past tense of the verb to bring
For example: "She brought her homework to the lesson."

! As a child I used to struggle to remember this one, until my teacher pointed out that there is an 'r' in brought and an 'r' in bring = they belong together, there is no r in bought and no r in buy = they belong together too.


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