Misused Words

Lighting, Lightening and Lightning

Lighting, a noun, means the quality of light.

The lighting in the basement is poor during an overcast day.

Lightening is the present participle of the verb lighten, which means to make less heavy.

Caching some of our provisions was one way of lightening our load.

Lightning, a noun, means flashes of light in the sky, usually accompanying a thunderstorm.

The lightning struck the tree under which they had sought shelter from the rain.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the three practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) People should avoid open windows during a (lighting, lightening, lightning) storm.

(2) One should avoid reading in a room with dim (lighting, lightening, lightning).

(3) The process of (lighting, lightening, lightning) the load takes some time.

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