Phrasal Verb Bring In – Learn how to use it!

July 19, 2017 - Priscila Pereira

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Hey fellas, how are things?

This is another phrasal verb post. I’ll be showing you the meaning, main uses, and real life examples as well as leave an audio for each example so that you can work on your pronunciation, ok? At the end of this post, don’t forget to leave me a comment and your examples!

Today we are going to learn about “bring in”. Firstly I will give you the main definition of this phrasal verb and then the other common or not common possibilities.

  1. When you bring something in, it is like you are introducing something In this first definition, you would be introducing a law or regulations. Law examples are very common with this phrasal verb. Let’s take a look at some examples:

Example 01: The new government intends to bring in new road traffic regulations to fight the increase in traffic accidents.

In this case, I’m saying that the new government wants to introduce new traffic laws or rules to help lower/decrease the number of accidents.

Example 02: After the accident in the production department, new safety regulations have been brought in.

In this case, I talk about an accident that happened in a production department (probably in a factory, or company). Because of this accident, new safety regulations have been introduced.


  1. You can also attract somebody or something to a place or business. Let’s see some examples:


Example 01: If we want this business to succeed, it is time we bring in new customers; otherwise we won’t survive in this market.

In this case I’m saying that in order for my business to be successful, we need to attract, to get new customers.  If we don’t do that, it will be difficult to continue in the market.

Example 02:  Last month I was able to bring in two new investors to the company. Now, we have the money to continue the expansion project.

In this case, I’m saying that I was able to attract two new investors to the company and because of that the company has enough money to continue an important project.


  1. You can also use bring in to say the way you make or earn a particular amount of money. Check it out:

Example 01: I’m so happy! I didn’t expect my garage sale to bring in so much money. I got 300 dollars.

In this case, I’m very excited because my garage sale (garage sale is when you sell things you have, old things, new things, things you don’t use anymore; in front of your house “in your garage”) and I was able to make 300 dollars. Not bad!

Example 02: My brother has a full-time job, but just freelancing on weekends brings him in about half of what he makes in his full-time job. Can you believe that?

In this case I’m saying that my brother has two jobs: a full time and a freelancing one. However, I highlight that in the freelancing job he earns; he makes half of what he makes in the full time one.


  1. Another possible situation with this phrasal verb is when the police take someone to the police station in order to ask them questions, for an interrogation. Take a look:

Example 01:  As Josh was one of the suspects, the police brought him in for questioning.

In this case, I’m saying Josh was a suspect and because of that, the police took him to the police station to question him, to ask him questions.

Example 02:  The detective brought in Barbara for questioning last night, because she is the number one suspect in her husband’s death.

In this case, I’m explaining why the detective took Barbra to the police station to ask her questions. The reason? She is the main suspect in her husband’s case.


  1. Another specific situation for this phrasal verb is when a judge or the jury officially announces, while in court, whether someone is guilty or not for a crime. Take a look at the example below:

Example 01: The jury was divided. But at the end of the session, they all agreed and brought in the verdict of not guilty.

In this case I’m saying that the “jury” (group of common people who decide in court if someone is guilty (responsible for) or not guilty (not responsible for) a crime) decided that the person was not guilty.

So, these are the most common uses for this phrasal verb. What do you think? Too many? I would love to see your examples in the comments. Yes! Please let me know your examples, and I will correct them for you.

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Thanks guys,

Teacher Prix.

Priscila Pereira

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