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Lend versus borrow

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Sep 23, 2020
Lend and borrow can be confusing for English learners as they both have similar meanings.

The difference is in the direction the borrowing or lending is done.

Borrow means you get something from another person.

I borrowed $100 from my mom until payday.

Lend means you or someone gives something to another person, with the expectation that you will get it back.

I don't like lending money to friends because there is always a chance I won't get the money back and I will never see them again.

How about you? What do you do if are short of money? If a friend asks for money, do you lend it to them?


Nov 30, 2020
Lorong Ah Soo
If I have shortage of money and a friend ask me for money, then I will arrange amount that he or she needed. If I am not able to arrange money then I will directly say I have only this amount. You can take this.