Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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lacks

is deficient in

lax

slack, easy-going


ladder

the thing with rungs that you climb

latter

the second of two

Example: If given a choice between vanilla and chocolate ice cream, I'll take the latter.


lain

past participle of lie as in lie down

lane

narrow road or passage


lay vs. lie

lay vs. lie chart

 

Present

Past

Participle
(A Form of Have)

To recline

lie, lying

lay

has/have/had lain

To put or place
(verb followed
by an object)

lay, laying

laid

has/have/had laid

lie, lying

To tell a falsehood

lied

has/have/had lied

Examples in the Present Tense:

I like to lie down for a nap at 2:00 p.m.
I am lying down for a nap today.
The hens lay eggs.
The hen is laying eggs.
I am tempted to lie about my age.
I am not lying about my age.

Examples in the Past Tense:

I lay down for a nap yesterday at 2:00 p.m.
The hen laid two eggs yesterday.
He lied on the witness stand.

Examples with a Participle (has, have):

I have lain down for a nap every day this week.
The hen has laid two eggs every day this week.
He has lied each day on the witness stand.


lead

a metal element (pronounced like red); present tense of led (pronounced like seed)

led

guided, past tense of to lead


leak

unintended discharge of liquid or gas

leek

type of onion


lean
(adjective, verb)

not fatty; to incline

lien

a claim on property to secure debt payment


leased

rented

least

smallest in size or amount


less

(see fewer)


lessen

to make less

lesson

a unit to be learned or studied


lie

a falsehood; present tense of lie down (see lay vs. lie chart above)

lye

a caustic substance


lightening

to make lighter

lightning

a brilliant electric spark in the sky


loan

something lent for temporary use

lone

only, solitary


loose

opposite of tight

lose

opposite of win; misplace


Misused Words

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