Loan and lend

The verbs lend and loan are interchangeable.

  • Lend me 50 dollars. OR Loan me 50 dollars.

Use loan when speaking of money and use lend when speaking of objects.

  • Will you lend me your camera for a day?
  • Could you loan me thousand dollars until Friday?
  • The bank loaned him $1000 to start a business.
  • He refused to lend me his land mower.

However, note that the distinction between lend and loan is a fine one. Actually both words can be used interchangeably and there is nothing wrong with the sentence ‘He refused to loan me his land mower’.

Manjusha Nambiar

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