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29 / 03 / 2005

ON LOAN: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everybody enjoyed their long Easter weekend! Today we are going to begin the first in a series of expressions that one of our groups of students, taught by Chris, asked about. Thank you Asun, Juan, Mr.Vega and Mr. Blasco for your interesting queries. Today's expression is: On loan It means: an act of borrowing or lending something or someone (in sports). Example 1: Guernica, the masterpiece by Picasso, was on loan to the MOMA in New York until democracy came to Spain. Example 2: The footballer Eto'o was out on loan to Mallorca before returning to Real Madrid. Now he plays for Barça. Example 3: I'm sorry, but the archive you have requested isn't available. It's on loan to the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. If you have any questions about this expression, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks once again to Chris's students for the interesting question, and thank you to Chris for collaborating in the preparation of today's Daily Vitamin. Have a great day!