“Yesterday, they lead us astray.”
Here’s a quickie. Read on to learn that led is the correct word.
Lead vs. Led: An Overview
Many writers think that the word lead is pronounced to rhyme with red and is used as the past tense or past participle of the verb lead (pronounced leed). They are wrong.
The word lead is not the past tense of lead. It is a gross mistake to say:
Yesterday, he lead the parade.
Yesterday, he led the parade.
He has led the parade before. He told us that he had led the parade before. He will have led the parade several times before June.
The parade was led by John.
Origin of the Mistake
The mistake probably comes from the word read where read (pronounced red) is the past tense and past participle of read (pronounced reed).
Whatever the source of the mistake, it’s time to get rid of using lead when you’re trying to say led.
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