“Borrow” and “lend” often confuse English students. Even some native speakers make mistakes with these 2 words! Both words describe the action of somebody temporarily giving something to somebody else.
BORROW means that something is temporarily taken from another person.
- Sally borrowed her dad’s car last night.
- Simon borrowed 50$ from Sarah.
LEND means that something is temporarily given to another person.
- Dad lent his car to Sally last night.
- Sarah lent 50$ to Simon.
More example sentences:
- Just because I’m lending you my clothes every now and then doesn’t mean that you can borrow them whenever you like.
- You don’t have to buy a book to read it. You can borrow it from a library or read it online.
- They borrowed a lot of money from the bank for their business.
- She refused to lend us books when we needed them most. That is why we failed the exams.
- It was very kind and generous of you to lend me money for my rent. Thank you very much.
- Nick asked his dad to lend him his car on Saturday evening.
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