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Difference between 'huren' and 'lenen'?

Hi, can anyone explain to me the difference between these two verbs in Dutch please? I have seen both translated as 'borrow' and am struggling to understand the distinction as a native English speaker. Thanks

September 7, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

"huren" means to rent, definitely not 'borrow'. Ik huur mijn woning. Ik huur een auto. You have to pay money. "lenen" means to borrow. "Ik heb dit boek geleend." You don't pay money, except f.i. in the case of a library subscription. You pay for that, but you say 'Ik leen boeken'. If you say 'ik leen een auto', it means you borrowed it, from say a friend or a relative.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maneki-.neko

Thank you! That's very helpful

September 7, 2019
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