COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS #02: Borrow and Lend (Verbs)

COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS #02: Borrow and Lend (Verbs)

Both ‘Borrow’ and ‘Lend’ are used to talk about the act of exchanging things. These two words are often confused.

Borrow’ means to borrow something from someone else. That is, you ask something from someone else.
1. Can I borrow your pen?
(Don’t say: Can I lend your pen?)
2. Yesterday, I borrowed money from bank.

Lend’ means the act of someone else to lend something to you. Thus, they lend it to you.
* Person A: Can I borrow your pen?
* Person B: Here I’ll lend you my pen.
(Don’t say: Here I’ll borrow you my pen).

Emmanuel Kachele

Emmanuel Kachele is a founder and Blogger of KACHELE ONLINE Blog, an educational blog where 'O' Level English - 'OLE', 'A' Level English (ALE) and other related teaching and life skills are shared extensively. This is an online center for all Tanzanian Secondary School English Language students and teachers (Forms I-VI) and all interested English Language learners and teachers worldwide.

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