What's the difference between these two expressions:
Mike brought his guitar.
Mike brought his guitar with him.
How does "with him" change the meaning of the sentence?
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'With him' may be used to emphasize 'at the moment'. E.g. 'Does he have his guitar?' May be interpreted more ambiguously than 'Does he have his guitar with him?'.
When using 'brought', the assumption that it is 'with him' is a pretty safe one to make, but occasionally people will automatically add the redundant 'with him' without realizing it's unnecessary.
Listen, the thing is, people, like, often decorate their speech with, like, meaningless, er, decorations. Innit. Know what I mean?