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    Question Can I borrow sb's brains?

    Hi!

    Here I am asking for help again!

    I know the expression "to pick somebody's brains" exists and I'm aware of its meaning but I could swear the expression "to borrow somebody's brains" also existed and had basically the same meaning as the first one. However, recently a native speaker of English (from the UK, but living in Portugal for many years) told me that the use of the verb borrow in this context was not correct!

    I must say I was a bit confused since I had the impression of having heard it all my life. That was when I thought: "Maybe this is only used in the US!".

    Can anybody clear this up, please!

    Thank's,
    Ana

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    Re: Can I borrow sb's brains?

    Quote Originally Posted by AnaZ View Post
    Hi!

    Here I am asking for help again!

    I know the expression "to pick somebody's brains" exists and I'm aware of its meaning but I could swear the expression "to borrow somebody's brains" also existed and had basically the same meaning as the first one. However, recently a native speaker of English (from the UK, but living in Portugal for many years) told me that the use of the verb borrow in this context was not correct!

    I must say I was a bit confused since I had the impression of having heard it all my life. That was when I thought: "Maybe this is only used in the US!".

    Can anybody clear this up, please!

    Thank's,
    Ana
    It's certainly a possibility, Ana. It means use the thinking capacity of another brain, to get a second opinion, etc.

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    Re: Can I borrow sb's brains?

    Quote Originally Posted by AnaZ View Post
    Hi!

    Here I am asking for help again!

    I know the expression "to pick somebody's brains" exists and I'm aware of its meaning but I could swear the expression "to borrow somebody's brains" also existed [ - as RK said] and had basically the same meaning as the first one []...
    When you pick someone's brains you acquire specialist knowledge that they have, you don't make use of their thinking capacity (except in that they have to be awake!)

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    Smile Re: Can I borrow sb's brains?

    Ok... I see the difference :) And now I can see why I've been told that in the context I was using "borrow" it wasn't correct! Thank you both for helping!! Ana

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