Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: lend — lent — lent.

lend — lent — lent. So inflected. “Lended” is a frequent error — e.g.: o “The $27 black windbreakers emblazoned with ‘Crown Casting Co.’ lended [read ‘lent‘] credibility in the final minutes before ‘Action!'” Ann E. Donlan, “54 Bad ‘Actors’ Answer Police ‘Casting Call,'” Boston Herald, 9 June 1997, at 5. o “Kukoc lended [read ‘lent‘] an assist on the boards with eight and scored 19 points.” Daryl Van Schouwen, “Energized Worm Back as Chairman of Boards,” Chicago Sun-Times, 27 Apr. 1998, at 7. o “As cheesy as the acting was in Resident Evil, I thought it lended [read ‘lent‘] a B-movie charm to the proceedings.” Jeff Kapalka, “Future Dreams and Nightmares from the Past,” Syracuse Herald Am., 27 Sept. 1998, at 12. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “Some writers who do not think clearly are inclined to suppose that their thoughts have a significance greater than at first sight appears. It is flattering to believe that they are too profound to be expressed so clearly that all who run may read, and very naturally it does not occur to such writers that the fault is with their own minds.” William Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up (1938), in Classics in Composition 219, 220 (Donald E. Hayden ed., 1969). ====================
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