Borrow and Lend, What’s the difference?

Have you ever borrowed somebody money?

If you have I’m sorry to say that you have just made a common mistake. Even though the words BORROW and LEND are used in the same situation, there is a big difference in meaning.

In this lesson you will learn how to really use these words and never make this mistake again.
(See transcript below)

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Hey there, RealLife TV fans, welcome to another episode. Today I’m going to teach you all about the difference between borrow and lend.

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So, these two words are very commonly mistaken, especially because in a lot of other languages they’re actually the same word. So, I’m going to first explain to lend someone something.

To lend means you give someone something, whether it’s money, or some kind of an object, but you give it to them because they’re going to give it back to you later.

For example – I could lend you some money for lunch.

Borrow is the opposite. Borrow is when you are the person who is taking it from the other person. So, a common way to use this would be “Hey, can I borrow 10 dollars?” or “Hey, can you lend me 10 dollars?”

Ok? So, that is the difference between the verbs to borrow and to lend.

Thanks a lot for watching today, thank you for lending me your ears, and I’ll see you next time on RealLife TV.


  1. Rafael Paz on April 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks Chad, very useful lesson!

  2. Jamal-edine Bouya on April 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm


  3. Vinicius on April 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome stuff Chad. Keep it up =)

  4. Bianca Torres on April 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks Chad! My students loved this video! 😉

  5. Giancarlo Solari on April 8, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thanks! And BTW you're very handsome 😉

  6. Mitra Azar on April 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

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  7. Janet Abedi on April 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Good points . Thanks….

  8. Negin Akhzari on April 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    thank u

  9. Siham Smile on April 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    thank u very much

  10. Severino Dornelas on April 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm


    You got something that talking about speaking orde of sentences: subject, verbs and complement.

    It’s very difficult for me.

    Thank you.

  11. Dina on April 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    thank you

  12. Thaís on April 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    ?Hey Chad, how is it going?
    Well, I have a great tip for people trying to get the hand of it (at least Portuguese and Spanish speakers).
    The thing is: borrow starts with ‘b’ (dahhh, obviously)…and in Portuguese/Spanish to borrow means pedir emprestado, (first letter: ‘p’)’, and the letter ‘p’ is just a letter ‘b’ up side down. So anyone can ‘relate’ these two words.
    It sounds quite silly, but once you write both words down (borrow and pegar), bolding their first letters, it’s something you will never forget!

  13. Fatima Ali Hassani on April 16, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Wow ! What a explanation dude it is different in all languages we say : I give this as a lent for someone and I borrowed this from someone.
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  14. Kenia Reyes on April 19, 2014 at 5:55 am

    thank you ¡¡ and you´re very handsome .

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