Vocabulary - Borrow, Lend, Rent, Use | Summary and Q&A

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Vocabulary - Borrow, Lend, Rent, Use

TL;DR

Learn the distinctions between borrow, lend, and rent in English, and how they relate to needing and obtaining items.

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Key Insights

  • 🪡 Borrowing means asking for something you need temporarily and plan to return, while lending means giving something you have temporarily to someone in need.
  • 😒 Renting involves paying for the use of an item for a specific period.
  • 🥶 Borrowing and renting are similar in that you obtain something you need temporarily, but borrowing is typically free, while renting involves payment.
  • 📚 Libraries are places where you can borrow items such as books and DVDs without payment.
  • 😒 The word "use" is different from borrow as it does not necessarily imply returning the item.

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the difference between borrow and lend in English?

Borrowing means asking for something you need but do not have, while lending involves giving something temporarily to a person in need.

Q: Can you give an example of borrowing and lending?

Sure! If you ask your friend if you can borrow their car because you don't have one, you are borrowing. If your friend gives you their car to use because you don't have one, they are lending it to you.

Q: How does renting differ from borrowing?

Renting involves paying for the temporary use of an item, while borrowing implies obtaining an item without payment, with the understanding that it will be returned.

Q: Is there a difference between borrowing and using something?

Yes, when you borrow something, you use it temporarily with the intention of returning it. Using something does not imply returning it.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Borrowing means asking someone for something you need but do not have, with the intention of returning it.

  • Lending involves giving something to someone in need temporarily.

  • Renting refers to paying for the use of an item for a specified period of time.

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