What Is The Past Tense Of Light? Lit Or Lighted?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Light?

The past tense of light is “lit” or “lighted.” “Lit” is more commonly used in both informal and formal contexts. On the other hand, “lighted” is often used as an adjective to describe something that is illuminated or giving off light.

The past participle form of light is also lit or lighted. Check out the table below to get more verb conjugations of light:

Base Form/Infinitive Form (V1) light
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form lights
Past Simple Tense (V2) lit/lighted
Past Participle Form (V3) lit/lighted
Present Participle/Gerund lighting

How To Pronounce Light, Lit, And Lighted Correctly? 

The word “light” is pronounced as /laɪt/. The past tense “lit” is pronounced as /lɪt/, and “lighted” is pronounced as /ˈlaɪtɪd/ in both British and American accents.

You can check out the following table for more details:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
light /laɪt/ /laɪt/












lighting /ˈlaɪtɪŋ/ /ˈlaɪtɪŋ/

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What Are The Definitions Of Light? How To Use Lit?

You can use the past tense of light when talking about an action that happened and was completed in the past. The verb light has the following meanings:

  • To make something start to burn, to set fire to.

Example 1: She lit/ lighted the candles on the table for a cozy ambiance.

Example 2: The stage was beautifully lit/lighted with colorful spotlights during the performance.

  • (Used especially in negative sentences) To start to burn

Example 1: Despite numerous attempts, the damp firewood didn’t light.

Example 2: The wet logs in the fireplace don’t light up, leaving the room chilly.

  • To give light to something or to a place, to provide illumination. 

Example 1: The lamp on the bedside table lit/lighted up the room with a soft, warm glow.

Example 2: Last week, these street lights along the avenue still lit/ lighted the way for late-night walkers, but now they’re broken.

  • To guide somebody with a light

Example 1: The hiker lit/lighted the trail with a headlamp to navigate through the dark forest.

Example 2: The lighthouse on the shore lit/lighted the ships, guiding them safely into the harbor.


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Past Tense Of Light

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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During the wedding reception yesterday, the chandeliers in the ballroom ____ up the grand hall.

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He _____ the barbecue grill every weekend to cook delicious meals for his family.

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Last night, the park ranger ____ their flashlight to guide the hikers through the dark trail.

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The chef is ______ the stove to prepare a delicious meal for the customers.

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Last Sunday night, they _____ the fireplace and enjoyed the warmth of a crackling fire.

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The camper is ____ a campfire to keep warm and roast marshmallows last. (Click here to see the past tense of keep)

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Yesterday, she ____ the lanterns hanging in the garden for the evening party.

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Can We Use “Light” As A Noun Or An Adjective?

Yes, it can also be a noun or an adjective.

The noun “light” is a common word. Below are its meanings:

  • The energy from the sun, a lamp, etc. 

Example: She opened the curtains, allowing the warm morning light to fill the room.

  • A particular type of light that has a specific color or qualities

Example: The stage was bathed in a soft, blue light, creating a tranquil atmosphere.

  • A person’s eye expression that reveals their thoughts and emotions.

Example: The sorrowful light in her eyes hinted at the pain she was trying to hide.

As an adjective, it means:

  • Not much in weight or quantity

Example: The suitcase is very light, so you can carry it on your flight.

  • Receiving sunlight and letting you see clearly

Example: It’s still light outside, so let’s take a walk.

  • Pale, not dark

Example: The light blue T-shirt fits him to a tee.

What Is The Difference Between The Verbs “Light” And “Glow”?

  • Light: When used as a verb, “light” means to provide illumination or ignite something. 

For example, you can light a lamp to make a room brighter or light a candle to start a flame.

  • Glow: On the other hand, “glow” refers to emitting a soft and warm light. It describes the gentle radiance that something gives off, often without being ignited. 

For instance, a nightlight or a light bulb may glow softly in a dark room. (Click here to learn the past tense of glow)

What Are The Most Common Phrasal Verbs Of “Light”?

The 3 most common phrasal verbs of light are light on, light up, and light upon.

Light on: To come across, discover, or identify.

  • Example: While cleaning out the attic, they unexpectedly lit on an old box of photographs.

Light up: To become/ cause something to become brighter or illuminated.

  • Example: As the sun set, the city skyline began to light up with the twinkling lights of buildings.

Light upon: To come across or encounter something by chance; to happen upon or discover.

  • Example: They lighted upon a hidden waterfall during their walk in the forest, creating a breathtaking scene.