1. What kinds of things do people usually borrow from each other?
People usually borrow smaller items like pens and pencils from each other. Sometimes, if you are close enough to that person, you might be able to borrow clothes. I think, most generally, people tend to lend things to others that they wouldn’t mind losing or not getting back. This is because once you borrow something, it’s your responsibility to bring back the item in one piece401, and sometimes situations happen in which either you forget to return the item, or it gets lost.
2. What are the things that people don9t choose to lend to others?/ Why do people dislike lending valuable or expensive items?
Important things or expensive items like a cellphone or laptop, jewelry, or cars are things that people are warier of402 lending to others. This, again, would be because you are placing responsibility for that item onto someone else, and that can be a big risk to you. Something that’s expensive or important to you may be harder to replace if it gets lost or if that person forgets to return it, which is why it isn’t usually lent out403 to anyone else.
3. Should people get permission from others before using something they have?
Most definitely. I think it would be beyond rude404 if someone just used or took your belongings without permission. By asking someone’s permission to use their things, you are giving them respect by acknowledging that the item actually belongs to them. On top of that405, it also avoids the problem of someone thinking their item is either stolen, or getting mad at you for taking their things without asking in the first place406.
4. What do you think of copying ideas from others?
Copying someone else5s idea is definitely a problem. Just like taking someone,s belongings without asking, it’s technically stealing407. In fact, schools have made this more and more clear by defining it as plagiarism408. The moment you take someone else’s idea and claim that it’s your own, you are
stealing and are committing, to an extent, an act of crime. So, I would say it’s best to steer clear of409 that and work harder to come up with your own ideas.
5. What if the borrower breaks the things they borrowed?
Well, anytime anyone lets someone use their things, it goes without saying that410 the person borrowing the item has full responsibility to take care of it. If that item gets broken, it’s the borrower’s obligation to either replace it or pay for it. However, the lender should also remember that they voluntarily allowed the borrower to take the item, so this risk is not really out of the blue411.
401 bring back the item in one piece:把东西完好无损的拿回来
402 are warier of:很小心的，很谨慎的
403 lent out:外借，借出
404 it would be beyond rude:太粗鲁了
405 On top of that:除此之外
406 in the first place:起初，一开始
407 technically stealing:严格的来讲就是偷
409 steer clear of:避开、绕开，不要这样做
410 it goes without saying that:理所当然的，必然的
411 out of the blue:很突然的