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    Question smelled/smelt, burned/burnt

    Which is proper usage:

    The burn site smelled/smelt of wet smoke.
    I burned/burnt the muffins.

    I am running across "t", "nt" as past tense - is it proper or not. I was taught - not: but I've been known to be wrong.

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    Re: smelled/smelt, burned/burnt

    Quote Originally Posted by llthors View Post
    Which is proper usage:

    The burn site smelled/smelt of wet smoke.
    I burned/burnt the muffins.

    I am running across "t", "nt" as past tense - is it proper or not. I was taught - not: but I've been known to be wrong.
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    Llthors,

    (1) We Americans always spell those words as smelled and

    burned.

    (2) The other spellings are from our British friends.

    (3) You would usually come across those spellings only in

    non-American writing.

    (4) Occasionally, a few fellow Americans will use British

    spelling because they think it is more "elegant" or "exotic."

    Have you noticed sometimes theatre instead of theater?

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    Brilliant!

    I have noticed the use of t and nt in British writings although I am amazed at how many Americans use these forms in their day-to-day conversations.

    Thought maybe I had missed the boat in the learning curve as I did with the 'new math'.

    Thanks so much for your answer.

    Another one is acrosst: I ran acrosst it yesterday. I know that is just wrong!

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    Re: smelled/smelt, burned/burnt

    Quote Originally Posted by llthors View Post

    Another one is acrosst: I ran acrosst it yesterday. I know that is just wrong! You're right - it's wrong.
    With some pairs, there is even a change of pronunciation in the vowel, eg: dreamed dreamt, /driːmd dremt/

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    Re: smelled/smelt, burned/burnt

    Quote Originally Posted by llthors View Post
    Brilliant!

    I have noticed the use of t and nt in British writings although I am amazed at how many Americans use these forms in their day-to-day conversations.

    Thought maybe I had missed the boat in the learning curve as I did with the 'new math'.

    Thanks so much for your answer.

    Another one is acrosst: I ran acrosst it yesterday. I know that is just wrong!
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    I am also amazed to hear that in Virginia many Americans use those

    forms. I live in the western part of our country, so we would never

    do something so pretentious as that. Where I live the majority of

    immigrants come from countries where American English was taught.

    But there are large groups of immigrants here who probably learned

    British English, so they may, indeed, use those forms. I do not know.

    Furthermore, Virginia was one of the original 13 British colonies. Would

    that account for the fact that some people are still using those forms?

    Thank you again for that fascinating bit of information.

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