Words

Difference Between Lighted and Lit

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Main Difference

The main difference between Lighted and Lit is that the word Lighted is used as a verb as well as an adjective, whereas the word Lit is used as a verb, and its use as an adjective is incorrect.

Lighted vs. Lit

Lighted is a verb and the past participle form of the verb “light.” The verb light means to set something on fire or to illuminate. For example, we lighted the fire there as there was so much cold in the mountains. Lit makes the past tense of the verb ‘light,’ which means the same. For example, the cake was brightened as they lit the candles.

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Lighted means being illuminated as an adjective. For example, the kids rushed towards the lighted street from the dark road. On the other hand, the use of lit as an adjective is incorrect; its use as an adjective is not common.

Usually, lighted is less commonly used as the past participle of light; on the flip side, lit it is more widely used as a past participle of light.

In the past tense, “I have lighted,” lighted is suited in this sentence, but in the sentence “I have lit,” lit is not fit in this sentence.

Comparison Chart

LightedLit
Lighted is the past form of the word light that acts as a verb as well as an adjectiveLit the past form of the word light that acts as a verb and not as an adjective
Parts of Speech
Verb, adjectiveVerb
Use as Adjective
CommonIncorrect
Rhyming Words
BenightedKit, fits
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What is Lighted?

The word lighted is a past form of light. Lighted acts as a verb, as well as an adjective. Lighted is a verb and the past participle form of the verb “light.” The verb light means to set something on fire or to illuminate.

This form is hundreds of years old with a period of prevalence throughout history. But nowadays it is observed that the use of lighted as the past form of light is common in American English than anywhere else.

However, generally, the use of lighted as the past form of light was more common before the early 20th century but now is alternative form lit is used more. Lighted means being illuminated as an adjective. Usually, lighted is less commonly used as the past participle of light.

The use of lighted and lit is generally based on the will of the writer or the speaker. In the past tense, “I have lighted,” lighted is suited in this sentence. The word lighted also has many rhyming words such as benighted, which is another adjective.

Lighted works both in the simple past tenses and the past participles tenses. In the simple past tenses, lighted can also be used, but its alternative form lit is preferred there.

Examples

  • We lighted the fire there as there was so much cold in the mountains. (as a verb).
  • The kids rushed towards the lighted street from the dark road. (as an adjective).
  • The tourist lighted the torch when they entered a dark cave.

What is Lit?

Lit is the simple past and past participle of the word ‘light.’ It is a verb. Its use as the past participle of light is more common. It is an alternative word for another past form of the word lighted, which is lighted.

The word lighted was used earlier more commonly, but now people prefer using the word lit. People use both the words lighted and lit, depending on their choice. Lit sounds more classy, and youngsters primarily use it.

Lit is used mainly as a verb, and its use as an adjective is not common. Its use as an adjective is considered incorrect. Lit can also be used in the meaning of drunk. Lit rhymes with kit knit and flit.

Examples

  • The cake was brightened as they lit the candles on it.
  • Lit the matchstick so that we can put the fire on wood and start our bonfire.

Key Differences

  1. The word lighted is the simple past and past participle of the word light, which acts as a verb and as an adjective, whereas the word lit is another simple past and past participle of the word light, which is used only as a verb.
  2. Lighted is considered correct as an adjective; conversely, lit is deemed to be incorrect as an adjective.
  3. Lighted rhymes with benighted; on the contrary, lit rhymes with fit and kit.
  4. Lighted is less commonly used as the past participle of light; on the flip side, lit is most widely used as a past participle of light.

Conclusion

Lighted and lit, both are the past forms of the word light. Both have the same meaning but are different in their usage. One of these two words is preferred over the other, depending upon the choice of the speaker or the writer.

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Aimie Carlson

Aimie Carlson is an English language enthusiast who loves writing and has a master degree in English literature. Follow her on Twitter at @AimieCarlson