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Lean vs Lien

Lean vs Lien. He will lean on you even harder when he puts a lien on your house. Lean on ErrNET technology for all of your copyediting needs!

Lean as a verb is to be in or move into a sloping position; to incline from the perpendicular and rest for support on or against (something); to cause something to rest on or against.
Lean as a noun is a deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination.
Lean as an adjective is (of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.

Lien is a noun that means a legal right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged.

Lean and lien are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. “Lean” and “lien” are commonly confused and misused words in English writing. If you don’t want to make this mistake in your writing, then use ErrNET, the world’s leading copyediting technology!

Lean sentence examples:

Because of its low fat content, lean meat generally does cause flare ups on the grill.

Before we decide on where to hang the mirror, please just lean it against the wall for now.

He was in such good physical condition and so lean that his percent body fat was less than 10%.

We all need a good friend to lean on when times are tough.

He needed to lean against something to take the pressure off his foot.

Lien sentence examples:

The contractor was forced to put a lien on his customer’s home until the bill for his work was paid in full.

Putting a lien on someone’s property to collect a debt often becomes an acrimonious situation for both parties involved.

The roofer threatened to put a lien on the customer’s house unless he paid the bill.

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