Lesson: the verb “lead” in the past tense
lead: a verb that means “to take charge” and “to show the way”
lead: a metal
In the past tense, the verb lead acts just like the verb bleed.
For bleed, an example in the past tense would be: He bled on his new shirt.
For lead, an example in the past tense would be: He led the race.
A common error is to spell lead in the past tense just like it is in the present, l-e-a-d. This happens because led, the verb, is a homophone with lead, the metal. (A homophone is a set of words that have the same pronunciation, but have different meanings.) Since we say the word lead, the metal, just like we say led, the past tense of the verb lead, people often confuse the two and misspell led. Oh, English.
Once more for good measure, the verb lead in the past tense is spelled l-e-d, not l-e-a-d.