To lend in Italian – Italian grammar lesson 172

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Dive into the Italian language and master the art of lending and borrowing with our guide! Learn the verb prestare, its conjugation, and the subtle differences between lending in Italian and English. 🇮🇹✨

  • Conjugating prestare: Get the hang of this handy verb for “to lend” with its simple conjugation, from io presto (I lend) to loro prestano (they lend).
  • Borrowing in Italian: While prendere in prestito is the direct translation for “to borrow,” Italians often stick with prestare for ease. 🤷‍♂️
  • Formality Matters: Use prendere in prestito when you’re in a more formal setting or don’t know the lender well. It’s about context!
  • Common Phrases: Jazz up your Italian with phrases like prestare attenzione (to pay attention) and prestare soldi (to lend money). They’re real game-changers! 💰
  • Real-Life Examples: See prestare in action with sentences like Mi puoi prestare attenzione? (Can you pay attention to me?) to get a natural feel for the language.
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Prestare

If we want to say to lend in Italian we use the word prestare. Here are some examples:

Mi puoi prestare il tuo cellular?

Can you lend me your cell phone?

Marco le ha prestato il suo libro.

Marco lent her his book.

Conjugation

Here’s the conjugation of the verb prestare:

  • Io presto – I lend
  • Tu presti – You lend
  • Lui/Lei presta – He/She lends
  • Noi prestiamo – We lend
  • Voi prestate – You lend
  • Loro prestano – They lend

To lend vs. to borrow in Italian

In English, there’s a similar word which is “to borrow” but it’s the opposite of “to lend”.

In Italian, we say prendere in prestito when we want to say “to borrow” but it’s much less common than “to borrow” in English.

People prefer to use the verb prestare because it’s shorter and easier to say. 

The following sentence is grammatical and correct but it’s less common than the one after:

Posso prendere in prestito il cellulare?

Can I borrow the cell phone?

Mi puoi prestare il cellulare?

Can you lend me your cell phone?

As you might have noticed, the structure changes slightly since in the first example the person doing the action is io (“I”) and in the second one it’s tu (“you”), but essentially both sentences mean the same.

We tend to use prendere in prestito when we don’t know the person who’s lending us something, like when we borrow a book from the library.

So, prendere in prestito is more impersonal and more formal.

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To put it simply, in Italian we use the verb prestare (the equivalent of “to lend”) more often because prendere in prestito is much less common.

However, this doesn’t mean it’s not correct.

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Combinations

Here are some common combinations:

  • prestare attenzioneto pay attention
  • prestare soldito lend money
  • prestare aiutoto offer help

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Examples

Luigi mi ha prestato 25 euro.

Luigi lent me 25 euros.

Mi puoi prestare attenzione?

Can you pay attention to me?

Ho preso in prestito un libro.

I borrowed a book

Chi ti ha prestato quel vestito?

Who lent you that dress?

Anna mi ha prestato il suo zaino.

Anna lent me her bag.

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FAQs on To lend in Italian – Italian grammar lesson 172

What is the verb to lend in Italian?

The Italian verb for "to lend" is prestare. Io presto – I lend. Tu presti – You lend. Lui/Lei presta – He/She lends.

How do you use prendere?

Prendere refers to the action of bringing something or someone to us. To collect, pick up, or get something, in other words.

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