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Confusing word choices

Lead v lead v led

Differentiating between these words is difficult – which is why they are so commonly misused.

It may be easier to say your sentence aloud each time you use them – just to be sure.

Lead: Verb; present or future tense only. To guide, direct or show the way.

  • The troublesome intern will lead the students astray.
  • The injured player is leading the team to victory.
  • The motivational speaker will lead you through a series of exercises.

Led: Past tense of to lead.

  • The troublesome intern led the students astray.
  • The injured player led the team to victory.
  • The motivational speaker led you through a series of exercises.

Lead: Noun. A toxic metal.

  • Lead is a highly toxic metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Source: NIEHS

 

 

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