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.

For example:

  • Sally borrowed her dad’s car last night.
  • Simon borrowed 50$ from Sarah.

LEND means that something is temporarily given to another person.

For example:

  • 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.
Borrow and Lend
Borrow and Lend


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