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    Question Hire vs Rent

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    Good whatever time it may be at your end

    I've heard and read both: (hire a car) and (rent a car).

    I believe that the two verbs are not interchangeable all the time. Am I right?

    Would you please explain or give two examples to distinctly differentiate between the usages of both :'hire' and 'rent'

    Thank you

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    Re: Hire vs Rent

    If I were to hire a car, I would expect a driver to come with it.

    Otherwise, I would rent a car and do the driving myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    If I were to hire a car, I would expect a driver to come with it.

    Otherwise, I would rent a car and do the driving myself.
    Thanks a million susiedqq,

    Your explanation is absolutely adequate.


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    Re: Hire vs Rent

    Quote Originally Posted by Y-o-u-s-e-f View Post
    Teachers,

    Good whatever time it may be at your end

    I've heard and read both: (hire a car) and (rent a car).

    I believe that the two verbs are not interchangeable all the time. Am I right?

    Would you please explain or give two examples to distinctly differentiate between the usages of both :'hire' and 'rent'

    Thank you
    -I don't know how it works in American English but in British English, if you hire a car you don't expect it to be chauffeur-driven.
    - You rent a flat or house, you don't hire it.


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    Re: Hire vs Rent

    Before those unruly youngsters, in a country that will remain shameless, got to work on the mother-tongue, 'rent' was specifically what you paid to occupy some form of accommodation, and 'to hire' meant to have the temporary use of something for a payment.

    All was proceeding well - 'hire purchase' came into the language, but then......... TV. Perhaps because of the much longer time implied by 'rental' than when one 'hires' something for a day or two (or more or less), it became TV rental.
    The dam burst and now, if anything, 'hire' is the more fancy term, and 'rent' (as in Rent-a-Wreck Car Company), the more casual, ordinary term; and as susieddq noted, is used when you 'hire' a limousine and driver.

    (I do not guarantee the historical accuracy of these observations.
    Last edited by David L.; 05-Dec-2008 at 15:08.

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    Re: Hire vs Rent

    In the US, you "hire" a person, you "rent" an object.

    I remember chuckling to myself the first time I went to England and the Pontin's camp I stayed at had a sign at check-in stating that you must "hire" your sheets and pillowcases. It brought to mind a picture of interviewing a bedsheet for a job.

    Anyway, in AmE you rent a car, rent an apartment (or flat), rent a carpet steam cleaner, etc. You hire an employee, whether it be a housekeeper, secretary, driver or accountant, whatever.

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