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Lit or Lighted?
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:22:40 PM »
So I was reading an article online and the author used the word "lighted" all throughout the article and it really bothered me.  I can't recall ever learning that lighted was a word and have always used lit.


So is lighted a word, and if so can someone provide the context in which it would be used??


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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 04:02:31 PM »
I would use either, but I think 'lighted' conveys a more old-fashioned feel, a slightly more 'exalted' form of language.  I'd use 'lighted' if I were writing a fantasy novel, for instance, and I often refer to candles as 'lighted' instead of 'lit' because it sounds nicer.  But 'lit' is fine for everyday.  (I'm in the UK.)

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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 04:07:59 PM »
I think of "lighted" as an adjective.  For example a lighted candle is burning.

I usually think of "lit" as a verb (past tense for "to light").

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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 04:09:09 PM »
In a very quick hunt, it seems that both are considered equally correct, with "lit" being the more common usage in the US.  "Lit" seems more normal to me (midwestern US) while "lighted" seems more poetic.


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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 04:18:01 PM »
I'm English and would probably use lighted rather than lit, although I do use both.
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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 07:39:49 PM »
I think of "lighted" as an adjective.  For example a lighted candle is burning.

I usually think of "lit" as a verb (past tense for "to light").

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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 08:36:04 PM »
Buckcherry wouldn't sound the same if they were singing "all lighted up again"... I vote for lit.

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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 09:10:56 PM »
Lit falls more elegantly on my ear. I can't think of an instance when lighted would sound better.  :-\
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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 09:18:57 PM »
I personally prefer lit, and seeing lighted in certain contexts irritates me irrationally.

This link is pretty interesting on this:  http://grammarist.com/usage/lighted-lit/

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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 09:27:24 PM »
OK, now I've got to hunt up Auntie Mame just to hear her say "Is everyone
 lit?" ;)
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Re: Lit or Lighted?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2012, 10:15:03 PM »
I personally prefer lit, and seeing lighted in certain contexts irritates me irrationally.

This link is pretty interesting on this:  http://grammarist.com/usage/lighted-lit/

Thanks!  This is a very good link...and apparently I learned grammer from outside the US...even though I've lived here all my life :)



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