Borrow or Lend?

Germans often have trouble with the words BORROW and LEND. They often say BORROW in both cases. Why? Probably because both translate as "ausleihen" in German.

So what's the difference? BORROW means that you receive something and then give it back. LEND means that you give something away and then get it back later, hopefully.

For example:
Larry owns a car. Barry does not. Since Larry is so nice, he allows Barry to use the car for a weekend trip.
In this case, Larry LENT Barry his car. Barry BORROWED the car ​for the weekend.

It's really that simple! And yes, this is extremely important, since the words are complete opposites!​


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