borrow vs loan : Common Errors in English

About borrow vs loan

In some dialects it is common to substitute “borrow” for “loan” or “lend,” as in “borrow me that hammer of yours, will you, Jeb?” In standard English the person providing an item can loan it; but the person receiving it borrows it.For “loan” vs. “lend, see “.”

borrow Meaning(s)

  • (v) get temporarily
  • (v) take up and practice as one's own

loan Meaning(s)

  • (n) the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)
  • (n) a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English
  • (v) give temporarily; let have for a limited time

borrow in News

  1. Undocumented workers unable to get proper care

    NORMAN — When they’re ill, they borrow medicine from relatives or get discounted prescriptions from a community health center. If they’re hurting from an ear infection, back sprain or other painful injury, they may go to an emergency room.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Norman Transcript

  2. Classical Furnishings

    Objects that borrow their forms and proportions from ancient Greece or Rome.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Cops: North Wales man assaulted girlfriend, forced her to borrow money to buy cocaine

    NORTH WALES - A North Wales man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and then forcing her to borrow money from a friend so that he could drive to Philadelphia and buy some cocaine. Robert Jamar Staples, 29, of the 300 block of W. Walnut St., remains behind bars at Montgomery County Correctional Facility after being arraigned on felony aggravated assault ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Reporter

loan in News

  1. Everything you need to know about the student loan rate hike

    Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  2. European Leveraged Loan Default Rate Ticks To 9-Month Low

    The default rate per the S&P European Leveraged Loan Index (ELLI) was 5.8% in May, down a notch from 5.9% tracked for the 12-month period ended April. The rate is at its lowest since August 2012, when it was 5%. In the 12 months ended May 31, the ELLI tracked €6.2 billion of institutional loan defaults and restructurings, compared with €6.3 billion at the previous monthly reading.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Forbes

  3. Obama's energy loan program is no boondoggle after all

    During last year's presidential campaign, federal loan guarantees for alternative-energy companies became a GOP punch line. Mitt Romney referred to some of the recipients as "losers." Paul Ryan said they addressed "make-believe markets."
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN Money

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