Are you confused how to use lend and borrow in a sentence? If so, you are not alone. Many learners have this problem.
However, the difference is actually very simple. It is similar to the difference between give and take, buy and sell. In this post I will explain.
borrow = get something from somebody for a limited period of time.
You borrow something from somebody.
- Can I borrow your dictionary?
- I need to make a call. Can I borrow your phone?
- I went to the library to borrow some books.
- I borrowed some money from John. I must pay him back.
lend = give something to somebody for a limited period of time.
You lend something to somebody.
You can also lend somebody something.
- I can lend you my dictionary.
- If you need to make a call, I can lend you my phone.
- I’ll lend you my computer if you lend me your car.
- I lent some money to Kate. She didn’t have any cash.
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Shmael riaz says
I was always confused where to use lend and borrow ,
You cleared my confusion
Still i wanna ask whether the following sentence are correct or not ;
1) Will you lend me your pen for a minute ?
2) Can you lend me your watch for a day?
Waiting for your reply
Yes, they are correct but ‘Will you lend me …?’ as a request sounds very formal. It’s more common to say ‘Can you lend me …?’