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    The T and Ed forms

    Hello,

    Which form is correct or common the t form or the ed form?
    Eg.,leaned, leant, dreamed, dreamt, burned, burnt, spoiled, spoilt, smelled or smelt?

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    It depends on where you are. "-ed" is used in AmE.

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    I use "leaned", "burned" and "spoiled" in certain contexts.

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    I invariably use the -t ending, but I found out on this forum recently that no other BrE speakers here use "earnt"! I was on my own with that one.

    There are times when I use the -ed ending because the -t ending is an adjective.

    My toast is burnt.
    Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    (Hmmm, as if to prove my own rule wrong, I've now realised that I would say "I burnt my toast". I should give up trying to work out even the rule I work to!)
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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    For my part, I would use "burnt" to describe toast or some other food. But I wouldn't say that a building "burnt down."

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I invariably use the -t ending, but I found out on this forum recently that no other BrE speakers here use "earnt"! I was on my own with that one.
    You are not alone, ems.

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You are not alone, ems.
    Really? I could have sworn that even you sided with the "earned" people. Hmmm, maybe it was a different verb. No, I'm sure the phrase in the original question was "hard-earned cash" and I said I used "hard-earnt cash".
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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Really? I could have sworn that even you sided with the "earned" people.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post893930

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    Re: The T and Ed forms

    Marvelous! In that case, thank you again for joining me in the "Earnt" club.
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