Concept questions for "to rent"?

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Concept questions for "to rent"?

Unread postby cmorrill » 14 Feb 2010, 04:42

Can someone help me how to teach concept check questions for the verb "to rent"
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Re: Concept questions for "to rent"?

Unread postby AAnderson » 01 Mar 2010, 14:22

As in "rent a DVD", or "rent a flat"?

Depending on the level, as a concept question I'd probably ask something along the lines of "Can you keep it forever?", "Is it yours?", "Do you own it?", "Do you have to give it back/return it?"

Hope that helps.
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Re: Concept questions for "to rent"?

Unread postby Peter Easton » 02 Mar 2010, 22:51

'What do you call it when you borrow something but you pay for borrowing it?'

They're either going to say 'hire' or 'rent'.
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Re: Concept questions for "to rent"?

Unread postby systematic » 14 Mar 2010, 03:25

It's confusing in English because to rent and to hire can refer both to the actions of the servce provider and the borrower.

I rent a flat from the town corporation.
The town corporation rents flats to students.

Hertz® hires cars.
I hire my cars from Hertz®

The context will usually show what is meant.

Usage Note: lend and borrow in English are however NOT interchangeable. The person who lends gives. The person who borrows receives.

In other languages such as German, for example, the verbs leihen, ausleihen, borgen, verborgen, are used differently, leading often to the wrong use of the English translation by English learners.
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