Bought or Brought?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between bought and brought?
Bought is the past tense of to buy.
- I bought a new laptop
- James brought the birthday cake to the restaurant this morning.
BoughtBought is the simple past tense and past participle of the verb to buy.
- I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring. (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. (Rita Rudner) (Here, bought is a past participle.)
BroughtBrought is the simple past tense and past participle of the verb to bring.
- I brought the film like a flower to the world. (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. (Vincent Van Gogh) (Here, brought is a past participle.)