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Differences Between Lend and Borrow

Use 'lend' to express the act of giving money or to another person for a period of time before expecting repayment of the original money (plus interest if a commercial loan). For example:

Can you lend me $20 until tomorrow?
The bank loaned her enough to purchase a new car.

Important Note: You can also 'lend' objects or things. In this case, the object is expected to be given back after a certain period of time.

Verb Forms: Lend - Lent - Lent - Lending

Use 'borrow' to express the act of taking money from another person or institution to pay back after a certain period of time. For example:

I borrowed $50 from a friend last week.
How much have you borrowed from the bank?

Important Note: You can also 'borrow' objects or things. In this case, the object is expected to be given back after a certain period of time.

Verb Forms: Borrow - Borrowed - Borrowed - Borrowing

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