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Is the correct form of the verb "I lighted a fire or I lit a fire"

asked Apr 03 '13 at 18:25 grace ressler New member

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Lighted and lit each work as the past tense and past participle of the verb light. Both have long histories in English and are used throughout the English-speaking world, so you are generally safe using the one that sounds best to you. Keep in mind, though, that lit is generally favored for both uses outside the U.S. (though lighted, again, appears some of the time). Lighted, where it does appear, is usually an adjective (e.g., a lighted grill), while lit is more often a verb (e.g., she lit the grill).

link comment answered Apr 03 '13 at 18:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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