English Lesson: Borrow Vs. Lend

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My neighbor came over today and asked if he could borrow my lawn mower. I usually don’t like to lend garden tools to him because it takes too long for him to return them. I think that if you are going to borrow something, you should return it promptly after using it. I did lend him the lawn mower, and much to my surprise he returned it with a full tank of gas!

Today we will look at borrow and lend. These words are similar, but they are used differently. Do you know how to use them? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

When you borrow something, you take it for a short amount of time.
You can borrow something from someone, and you can borrow someone’s  something. Here are a few examples:

  •  I borrowed a pen from George (borrow something from someone)
  •  My neighbor borrowed my lawn mower (borrow someone’s  something)
  •  Can I borrow your pen? ← This is how we ask to borrow something

When you lend something, you give it to someone for a short amount of time.
You can lend someone something or lend something to someone. Remember that lend is an irregular verb and the past tense form is lent. Here are a few examples:

  •  George lent me his pen (lend someone something)
  •  I lent my lawn mower to my neighbor (lend something to someone)
  •  Can you lend me your pen? ← This is how we ask someone to lend us something

Please be careful!

  •  Can I borrow your pen?  Not, Can I lend your pen
  •  Can you lend me your pen? Not, Can you borrow me your pen

Some people confuse the past form of lend (lent) with rent. When you rent something, you pay money to use that think for a short amount of time.

  •  I rented a car for the weekend
  •  My sister rents a house near the beach every summer

Well, thank you for lending me your time today by reading my blog lesson. I hope it was helpful. Does your neighbor borrow your things?