Every now and then, you open your purse or wallet somewhere and discover you don’t have as much money as you thought, oops! But no need to panic, you are with a friend who won’t mind lending you some money. All you need to do is ask to borrow a fiver (using lovely natural English vocabulary of course!) and then pay them back another day.
1) Have a look at the natural vocabulary below:
Can I borrow a couple of quid? I haven’t got enough for my lunch. I’ll pay you back tomorrow.
Can I borrow a fiver? I’ve run out of cash. I’ll pay you back this weekend.
Can you lend me a tenner? I’ve forgotten my wallet! I’ll pay you back next week.
Do you mind if I borrow 20 quid? I’ve left my purse at home. Sorry, I’ll pay you back next time I see you.”
2) Do you know the vocabulary in bold above? Write down any useful words in your notebook.
It’s worth noting the difference between borrow and lend because it affects the pronouns you use. Look:
Can I borrow £10? / Do you want to borrow £10?
Can you lend me £10? / I can lend you £10.
Remember when you use lend, you need a subject and an object pronoun.
3) Test your vocabulary for borrowing money:
- Sorry Kate, c________ I b__________ a c____________ of q__________?
- C________ I b__________ a f__________?
- Oh, I’ve r__________ o__________ o__________ cash.
- Oh no! I’ve f__________ my w__________!
- C__________ you l__________ me a t__________?
- Ugh, I’ve l__________ my p__________ a__________ home.
- Do you m__________ i__________ I b__________ 20 q__________?
- I’ll p__________ you b__________ tomorrow, I promise!
4) Listen to check your answers and then copy the pronunciation:
How did you do? I hope you can remember these useful phrases next time you find yourself short of cash! 🙂