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Jen’s English Tip’s – Borrow or Lend





Borrow or Lend

Borrow and lend are often confusing words to new English learners.

These two verbs cause a great amount of confusion!

Do you know how to use them?

You either Borrow From or you Lend To.

When you borrow something from somebody you take something from someone for a limited time with the understanding that you must give it back to them.

When you lend something to somebody you give something to someone for a limited time with the understanding that they must give it back to you.

Lend is often followed by a personal pronoun e.g. me/her/us.

To borrow:

Meaning: to take with permission usually for a certain length of time.

You can borrow money from a bank to buy a house or a car.

You can borrow books for up to 4 weeks from libraries in England.

For example: “I borrowed some money off my mother, and I must pay her back soon.”


To lend:

Meaning: to hand out usually for a certain length of time.

Banks lend money.

Libraries lend books.

For example: “My mother lent me some money, and I must pay her back soon.”


For a happy life – Never borrow and never lend.


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