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31 / 03 / 2004

TO HIRE: meaning and examples

Good morning.

If you own a business or work for one, you should be familiar with today's verb: to hire.

It means: to pay someone to work for you; to employ someone.

Example 1
Our sales are down. I think we should hire a new marketing director.

Hire can also mean the same as "rent"; in other words, it can be used for things as well as people.

Example 2
This weekend we're going to hire a car and drive to France.

In the US, the second usage is not used. Instead, the word "rent" is used for things and "hire" for employing people.

So, what do you think is the correct option for Example 3?

Example 3
Tomorrow when I get to Paris, I will ________ a room for the night.
A. hire
B. rent
C. A in the UK and B in the US

The correct answer is C. We generally hire a room in the UK and rent a room in the US. In the UK hire is used for things and people, but in the US it is usually only used for people.

I hope this Vitamin has been useful and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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