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    #1

    lightning lit up the sky

    Hello.

    I'm looking for a verb other than light up to use in this sentence. I don't want to use light up immediately after lightning.

    The lightning lit up the blackened sky.

    Can I use "illuminate"?

    The lightning illuminated the blackened sky.

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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    "illuminated" works better for me. I don't like "the blackened sky". How about "the pitch black sky"?
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    #3

    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't like "the blackened sky". How about "the pitch black sky"?
    They usually use "blackened" to describe the sky during a storm.

    I'm not talking about night sky.

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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    They usually use "blackened" to describe the sky during a storm.

    I'm not talking about night sky.
    Who are "they"? I didn't necessarily think you were talking about the night sky.
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    #5

    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Perhaps:

    The lightning flashed across the sky.

    Or:

    I saw the lightning flash across the sky, then I heard the rumble of thunder.

    Everybody knows what a storm is like, so if you have already mentioned that storm clouds have come and covered the sky you might never have to mention thst it's dark. (Goodness! I just looked outside my window. It's raining. )
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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Who are "they"? I didn't necessarily think you were talking about the night sky.
    I remember I've seen it a few times.

    It's even in the dictionary:

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/blacken

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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Perhaps:

    (Goodness! I just looked outside my window. It's raining. )
    That is great. Where do you live?

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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    They usually use "blackened" to describe the sky during a storm.
    I don't; nor does anybody I know.
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    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    I might use "The sky blackened suddenly", but I wouldn't use "The blackened sky".
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    #10

    Re: lightning lit up the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    That is great. Where do you live?
    I was kidding about the rain. But it did rain here ( Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)) just a couple of days ago.
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