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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #37416: Borrow / lend
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    Borrow / lend


    This lesson is about two verbs which are often misused in English: "borrow" and "lend".



    I) LEND:

                         

    Sandra                                      Martian



    If you don't have any book on Mars I can lend you some. 

    Sandra is lending the books to the Martian.


    LEND  (lent, lent) : Sandra gives some books to the Martian so that he can read them.

    (then he will have to give them back)





    II) BORROW:

     

                           

    The Martian has borrowed some books.


    BORROW: 
    the Martian has taken the books for some time.

             

    Can I borrow the bicycle too?



    II) THE TWO VERBS TOGETHER:


    When you need money you can borrow from a bank, but you will pay interest.

    The bank doesn't lend money as a favour.

       






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