I know that there are two ways to form the past tense of to light (i.e. lit/lighted). Which one is appropriate for the sentence below?
His thoughts lighted our way.
His thoughts lit our way.
I have a feeling that the best word for here is "lighted". "Lighted" is used more when referring to something illuminating another.
When generally referring to a source of light that brightens up the room, "lighted" is preferred:
"Lit" is generally more used for "setting on fire" :
Also,"lit" has an alternative meaning:
Thus, I feel that "lighted" would be best here.
"Light" has two meanings, one meaning "to cause to take fire", and the other "to illuminate". When referring to "light" in the first sense, the past would be "lit":
When referring to "light" in the second sense, "lighted"(often along with "up" is used:
This is easy. Lighted and lit are synonymous and can be used in place of each other. There is no rule to use one or the other. Pick either.
Lit is British English and lighted is American English, the same thing with dreamt and dreamed respectively.
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