\u201cLeant\u201d and \u201clent\u201d sound identical. They\u2019re also both past tense verbs. As a result, it\u2019s no surprise some people get them confused. But how can you avoid errors in your own writing? Check out our guide below to find out.\r\nLeant (Past Tense of \u201cLean\u201d)\r\n\u201cLeant\u201d is a simple past tense and past participle form of the verb \u201clean,\u201d meaning \u201cincline or cause to slope in one direction.\u201d For example, we could say:\r\nI leant the broom up against the kitchen wall.\r\nHowever, we can also spell the same word as \u201cleaned\u201d:\r\nI leaned the broom up against the kitchen wall.\r\nThe \u201c-ed\u201d spelling is more common, especially in American English. But both versions are accepted, so it is ultimately a matter of preference.\r\n\r\nImportantly, \u201cleant\u201d and \u201cleaned\u201d both contain the word \u201clean.\u201d As such, we can see how they are related and how they both relate to the idea of leaning.\r\nLent (Past Tense of \u201cLend\u201d)\r\n\u201cLent\u201d is another simple past tense and past participle verb, but this time for the word \u201clend.\u201d We use it to describe having loaned something to someone:\r\nI lent him my broom last weekend and he still has it.\r\nMore rarely, \u201cLent\u201d is a proper noun denoting the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally, this is a time when Christians give up a luxury such as a favorite food or another indulgence. For example, we could say:\r\nI\u2019m giving up chocolate for Lent this year.\r\nWhen referring to the Christian tradition, \u201cLent\u201d is spelled with a capital \u201cL.\u201d\r\nSummary: Leant or Lent?\r\nWhile these terms sound the same, they have very different meanings:\r\n\r\n \tLeant is a past tense form of the verb \u201clean\u201d (meaning \u201cincline\u201d). However, the spelling \u201cleaned\u201d is more common, especially in American English.\r\n \tLent is usually the past tense of the verb \u201clend\u201d (meaning \u201cloan something\u201d).\r\n\r\nThe key with these words is that \u201cleant\u201d contains \u201clean,\u201d so it should be easy to remember that these terms are related. Alternatively, you can ignore \u201cleant\u201d and use \u201cleaned\u201d instead to avoid the confusion! But if you\u2019d like a little extra help making sure your spelling is perfect, we have editors available 24\/7.