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    use of spelt

    May spelt ever be used instead of spelled in the English Language?

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    Re: use of spelt

    Quote Originally Posted by cooper643 View Post
    May spelt ever be used instead of spelled in the English Language?
    Yes, it is used in BrE. (I prefer "spelled").


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    Re: use of spelt

    Quote Originally Posted by cooper643 View Post
    May spelt ever be used instead of spelled in the English Language?
    (Not a teacher)

    Since you are American, you'll not see it much, but it's perfectly acceptable. I guess the US prefers the regular form 'spelled', whereas either the irregular or regular ('spelt' or 'spelled') are equally accepted and used elsewhere. In these places, it's personal preference/what comes out.

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    Re: use of spelt

    I think 'it's what comes out' is a good summary! I use both. If I think about it, I think I tend to use 'spelled' as a simple past and 'spelt' as a participle: 'At the hotel reception desk I spelled my name out'/ 'My name is spelt with a K'. But this is only a tendency, and I doubt if my usage is consistent.

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    Re: use of spelt

    Quote Originally Posted by cooper643 View Post
    May spelt ever be used instead of spelled in the English Language?
    Also:
    learned - learnt
    spilled - spilt
    burned - burnt

    There's probably a list somewhere.

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    Re: use of spelt

    Yes, there are several pairs like this. One might hope for consistent guidance from a course book, but I remember (though I don't have the book in front of me) that New Cutting Edge Upper-Int introduced the word 'spilled' in the text and then gave the past form 'spilt' in the pull-out 'mini-dictionary' that comes with the book.

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