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Lessen vs Lesson


Lessen vs Lesson. The lesson he learned would lessen the chance of getting in to trouble again. Lessen your number of writing errors with ErrNET copyediting!

Lessen is a verb that means to make or become less; diminish.

Lesson is a noun that means an amount of teaching given at one time; a period of learning or teaching; a thing learned or to be learned by a student; a thing learned by experience; an occurrence, example, or punishment that serves or should serve to warn or encourage.

Lessen and lesson are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. Because of their similar spellings and identical pronunciations, “lessen” and “lesson” are often confused and misused in English writing. ErrNET proofreading technology will give you a lesson in the proper use of word use, grammar, and punctuation on the spot!

Lessen sentence examples:

The ibuprofen that he took helped to lessen the severity of his pounding headache.

The new hedge will hopefully lessen the amount of noise from the freeway across the way.

When I learned that my father had gambled away my college savings, there was nothing he could say to lessen my anger.

I tried to lessen Margaret’s sorrow by helping her recall the good memories of her husband.

By using an ergonomic keyboard, you can lessen the risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome.

My grandmother wears compression socks to lessen the swelling around her ankles.

Lesson sentence examples:

The teacher forgot her lesson plan for the day so she had to wing it.

I’ve learned my lesson, and I promise you that this will never happen again.

The first lesson that I taught my son was that there is evil in this world and that not everyone is your friend.

“There’s a lesson to be learned in there somewhere,” Wade added, although he wasn’t exactly sure what it was.

I’ve decided to take a golf lesson instead of playing, so I’ll just meet you in the clubhouse in a few hours.


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