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Led vs. lead

  • The verb lead makes led in the past tense and as a past participle. Writers often mistakenly use lead in these roles, perhaps due to erroneous analogy with the verb read, which is uninflected. Lead is of course the correct spelling for the malleable, bluish-white element used in pipes, solder, bullets, and paints.

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    1. Hugh Janus says:

      “Islamic Prayer, Led by Imam Daoudi” This is correct, in my opinion.

    2. It’s “led by”, not “lead by”. If it was “lead by” it would sound wrong, because “lead” always rhymes with “deed”.

    3. It should be a lower case “p” in “prayer” and lower case “l” in “led”, otherwise you are quite correct.

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