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Lightening vs Lightning

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:15 pm

Thought I'd float this concept:

Lightening vs Lightning

The English words lightening and lightning are only one letter apart in spelling and pronunciation, but worlds apart in meaning. The lightning bolt of comprehension you get after reading this lesson will start lightening your confusion.


Lightening

Lightening is the present participle of the verb "to lighten," and refers to the process of making something lighter in color. Lightening is the opposite of darkening, or making something darker.

I'm lightening my jeans by adding bleach to the wash. The dark blue will become light blue.

He's lightening the room by painting it white.


Lightening also refers to the process of making something lighter in weight. Lightening is the opposite of making something heavier.

By using more plastic in place of metal, and thereby lightening cars, we can get better gas mileage.

The trick to lightening a cake is using beaten egg whites.


Lightning

Lightning is a noun - it refers to the meteorological phenomenon that is followed by thunder.

Lightning tends to strike the tallest thing in its vicinity.

The lightning storm caused the forest fire.


The Bottom Line

The confusion between lightening and lightning is due to their similar spelling and pronunciation. Just remember that to be quick like lightning, you need to lighten your load by leaving out the e.


Anyway.. Russ

One source is: http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/di ... tning.html

Another source at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning



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Re: Lightening vs Lightning

Postby quentinc » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:23 pm

When are struck by lightning, you may experience personal lightening.
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Re: Lightening vs Lightning

Postby Fran » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:34 pm

When you see lightning in the night sky, you may notice it lightening up the night sky!

Now, can we move on to farther and further???
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Re: Lightening vs Lightning

Postby walkdawg » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:35 pm

No please let's move on to "lose" and "loose".
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