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Lend or Borrow

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These two verbs cause a great amount of confusion!

Do you know how to use them?

Remember these helpful tips:

You borrow something from somebody. In other words, you take something from someone for a limited time.

You lend something to somebody. In other words, you give something to someone for a limited time.

Lend is often followed by a personal pronoun e.g. me/her/us.

Read these sentences and decide whether they need lend or borrow. Some of them may require the verb to be in the past tense so make sure you pay attention!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

  • 1. Could you ___ me your dictionary please?



  • 2. I need to ___ a black skirt, do you have one?



  • 3. Please can I ___ your car for the weekend?



  • 4. If I ask really nicely, will you ___ me your pearl necklace?



  • 5. I ___ my baking tin to Emily ages ago and I still haven't got it back.



  • 6. I don't know if I trust her enough to let her ___ my camera.



  • 7. I ___ Monica's earrings, but I think I've lost them!



  • 8. If you ___ a book from the library, you have to return it.



  • 9. Have you ever ___ someone something really special to you?



  • 10. Nicholas doesn't ___ , he steals.