Tuesday, 8 April 2008

AAE Q138: 'hire, rent, lease'

Hello,

I would ask you if you could explain me differences between words: hire, rent and lease.

Thank you


Hi,

Both 'to rent' and 'to hire' can mean to pay money to borrow sth for a short time: to hire a car / room / video. Rent, in this meaning is used most in American English, and hire in British English.

'To hire' can also mean to give sb a job: "She was hired three years ago" or to employ sb for a short time to do a particular job: to hire a lawyer.

'To rent' and 'to lease' also mean to regularly pay money to sb so that you can use sth that they own, such as a house, some land, a machine.

Matt

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