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does one say, "it was lightning", or "it was lightnining"???

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    If you're referring to the weather phenomenon, it's spelled lightning. And unless you're responding to the question "What was that bright flash?", you would say "Lightning was striking," or something similar.

    Lightning in this sense is not a gerund. It's a noun.

    If you're referring to making something lighter, it's spelled "lightening."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh...my God, I can't even believe you have to ask this. LOOK AT THE WORDS. Say "lightning." Now, say "lightnining." Which one of those is an actual word? There's your answer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've never heard anyone say "lightnining"... I've heard "lightening", but that'd be in correct usage if you meant "lightning".

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  • Goat
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Lightning, lightnining would be like saying "we went fishining"

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first is gramatically correct.

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  • Mardy
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    it was lightning

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  • 1 decade ago

    the correct wording is " it was Lightening"

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  • 1 decade ago

    "It was lightning".

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