What’s the Difference?

Hey Nancy,

I had you listen to the Says You! radio show during one of your visits. Here is one for them discuss, but I’d really rather hear your thoughts because I have NO idea what to say.

What’s the difference between

to lend


to loan


Ali says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Hey Ali,

Wow. When I read this, I was completely stumped. Then I was going to go google it and read 45 things  – you know, my usual reaction to anything interesting.

However, I decided not to cheat. So I went back to work on my normal desk chores, and it came to me. Here’s a picture of my house. That’s the difference.

If it goes OUT of my house, it is “lending.”

If it comes INTO my house, it is “loaning.

That’s the best I can come up with! It’s a tricky distinction.

I wonder what our readers think?

Nancy says:  All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.


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One response to “What’s the Difference?

  1. Ali

    Like I said, I have NO idea…but somehow we just know which to use when. We’d never say, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, loan me your ears!”

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