April 25, 2013 - Word of the Day
A person who rents something pays only for the time that he or she uses it. You can rent a car, a house, a building, a store, or equipment.
In these examples, "rent" is a verb:
- They're renting a house.
- Zelda needs to rent a car for a few weeks. (The word "lease" could be used in place of "rent.")
- Hank's company rents out office space in this building. (They own the building. To rent out something is to make it available for other people to rent it.)
- Where can I rent a compressor?
- Let's rent a boat and go on the lake.
The adjective form of "rent" is "rented" or "rental."
- They live in a rented house.
- They signed a rental agreement.
- They took out rental insurance in case of a fire or a flood.
The word "rent" is a noun.
- Did you pay this month's rent?
- The rent is due on the fifth day of the month.
- They pay a very high rent. It's $2000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.
- How much is the rent?
A person who rents is a "renter." The thing being rented is a "rental."
- The renters didn't pay the rent, so they were evicted. (They were forced to leave.)
- All the houses on this block are rentals.
- He's driving a rental for a few days while his car is being fixed.
- Tired of being a renter, Tanya finally decided to buy a house.
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