Borrow and Lend
Borrow and lend can be very difficult words for some English learners. Many people often confuse these words and use the badly.
In this English lesson you will learn how to use the words borrow and lend correctly.
The rule is very simple: You borrow something from somebody and you lend something to someone, or lend someone something.
Let’s see how we use both words in context.
Take a look at these example sentences.
- Can I borrow your pen?
- Yes. You can borrow my pen.
- I’d like to borrow some money, please.
- I borrowed $20 from my mother.
- I spilt some one on my t-shirt so I borrowed a clean one from Tom.
As you can see, in these sentences we are borrowing something from somebody.
Remember, we lend something to someone, or you lend someone something. Look at these example sentences:
- Can you lend me your pen?
- I lent my pen to José.
- He lent his car to Steve and he crashed it.
- Would you mind lending me some money?
- I asked the bank to lend me some money.
So there you go. Borrow and lend are not all that difficult to learn. You just have to remember the basic rules.
Start to practice using these words correctly as soon as possible with your teacher or you friends.
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