Lightning vs. Lightening

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"Lightning" vs. "Lightening" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

They have nearly the same dictations. However, 'lightening' is the present participle form of the verb 'lighten', whereas, 'lightning' is a noun and it refers to the spark of electricity we see in the sky when there is a thunderstorm.

Differences

'Lightening' is the present participle form of the verb 'lighten', whereas, 'lightning' refers to the spark of electricity we use in the sky when we have thunderstorms. Look at the examples below:

I sat in the balcony and watched as the lightning struck.

Lightening up the mood is not really my responsibility.

Similarities

They are only similar in that they have nearly the same dictations.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they look somehow the same, they cannot be used interchangeably, because they have different meanings. Compare:

✓ It is dangerous to stay out when they is lightning.

X It is dangerous to stay out when they is lightening.

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