This is from TOEIC (Test Of English for International Communication).We need to -------- an apartment while we stay in Osaka.
1 . borrow
2 . rend
3 . hire
4 . lent
The correct answer shown by the examiner is 1, and I have to agree with it because there is no other possible choice here.
However, I think the correct answer should be "rent."
I learned that "to borrow" is used for borrowing something ambulatory from the original place for free, such as "to borrow scissors."
In case of a house, or a rent-a-car, when we have to make a contract and pay the money, we should choose the verb "rent."
Which is more natural for you to say,
"We need to borrow an apartment while we stay in Osaka"
"We need to rent an apartment while we stay in Osaka" ?