Difference between borrow and lend

Can I borrow a book, please?

Borrow from and Lend to …


Two verbs in the English language that are used for the same situation are borrow and lend.

They both mean to let another person have some thing for a period of time,

later the thing will be returned.



I think that it is better to think that we borrow something from another person:

  • I borrowed 2,000€ from my father, I’m going to pay him back next month.
  • Mary borrowed her sister’s science notes so she could revise for the exam
It is also good to think that we lend something to another person:
  • My father lent me 2,000€
  • My sister lent me her science notes for the exam tomorrow


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