|Lead (rhymes with bead) is associated with being in charge or being in front. The past tense of the verb to lead is led. Confusion arises because lead (a soft toxic metal) is pronounced led.|
There is often confusion over the words lead (rhymes with bead) and led.
LeadLead can be an adjective, noun, or verb:
LedThe word led is the past tense and the past participle of the verb to lead (which rhymes with bead).
He led the cavalry over the hill.
(This is the verb to lead in the past tense.)
He has led the cavalry over the hill.
(The word led is a past participle in this example.)
Select the correct version:
The confusion arises because the noun lead (rhymes with bed) is spelt identically to the verb lead. (The noun lead is of course the name of a soft heavy toxic metallic element.) As a consequence, some writers use lead when they mean led.
To add to the confusion, lead (rhymes with bead) also exists as a noun. A dog's lead, for example. Therefore, you have to rely on context.
Take the lead.
(Without context, it is impossible to know whether lead in this example rhymes with bead or bed.)