mislead vs misled : Common Errors in English

About mislead vs misled

“Mislead” is the present tense form of this verb, but the past tense and past participle forms are “misled.” When you mislead someone you have misled them. The spelling error most often occurs in the phrase “don’t be mislead,” especially in advertising. Although this phrase refers to the future, the helping verb “be” requires the participle “misled”: “don’t be misled.”

mislead Meaning(s)

  • (v) lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
  • (v) give false or misleading information to

misled Meaning(s)

  • (v) lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
  • (v) give false or misleading information to

mislead in News

  1. Chinese Man Arrested After Making Fake Alien And Posting UFO Encounter Online

    After posting details of his close encounter online, a Chinese farmer was arrested by authorities for making a fake alien and misleading the masses. The farmer, identified only as Mr. Li by Chinese media, built an alien sculpture out of chicken wire and rubber, and then posted the photo online. As soon as the photos reached Chinese police officers, they sought out Li and arrested him for ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Opposing Views

  2. James Clapper must go

    His attempts to mislead the nation -- and absurd claims afterward -- should get him fired and prosecuted        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Salon.com

  3. U of O Prof. Files Bar Complaint in Long v. Kroger Case

    University of Oregon Economics Prof. Bill Harbaugh last week filed a complaint (PDF) with the Oregon State Bar against prominent Eugene lawyers Bill Gary and Sharon Rudnick and University of Oregon General Counsel Randy Geller .  The complaint accuses Gary and Rudnick of misleading Marion County Judge Thomas Hart about the value of legal services their firm, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick , provided ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Willamette Week

misled in News

  1. AIG Financial Products Probed By Ben Lawsky For Alleged Risk Failures

    AIG Financial Products, the derivatives unit that nearly toppled the insurance company in 2008 , is under fresh scrutiny after regulators alleged it may have failed to properly measure and manage risk, misled supervisors and investors, and lacked appropriate checks to limit outsized risk-taking.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

  2. Video: soldier returns home, surprises sister at graduation

    Airman Michael Kakias made a surprise visit home from an overseas deployment, and he misled his sister so he could...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: FOX 13 Utah

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