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    HanibalII is offline Member
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    Default 'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle' use lighted or lit?

    'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle'.

    Is lighted the correct term here? or should it be lit?


    Definition: Provide with light or lighting; illuminate: "the room was lighted by a number of small lamps".

    I haven't actually been able to find a definition of 'lit' but isn't it a present action? 'I lit a candle' while lighted is past tense 'Thousands of candles had been lighted'?

    It's got me a little confused, as the first quote I used at the top was a quote from something Buddha said.


    I'd appreciate some insight on this.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: 'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle' use lighted or lit?

    Take your pick.

    Some will say lit, others will say lighted. It boils down to personal preference.

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    Default Re: 'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle' use lighted or lit?

    Read more about it HERE, and in the first of the Similar Threads below.

    Rover

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    Default Re: 'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle' use lighted or lit?

    So there really isn't any confliction with present and past tense when using either or meaning?

    cheers

    Thanks for the threads.

    Covered everything!

    Cheers
    Last edited by HanibalII; 27-Aug-2012 at 08:11.

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