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    difference between learned and learnt?

    What is the difference between learned and learnt?

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    Quote Originally Posted by halo666 View Post
    What is the difference between learned and learnt?
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    "learnt" sounds more like British

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    Ostap77 is correct. In AmE learned is both the simple past and the past participle of learn. While learnt is a proper alternative for the past participle, we rarely hear it spoken.

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    Also (in Br English at least) 'learned' can be used as a two-syllable adjective that means 'educated' - 'a learnÚd person' (the second syllable often has a written accent).

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

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    Also (in Br English at least) 'learned' can be used as a two-syllable adjective that means 'educated' - 'a learnÚd person' (the second syllable often has a written accent).

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    Yes. That pronunciation for the adjective is the same in the U.S. We had, during the second half of the 20th century, a famous and scholarly appeals court judge named Learned Hand.
    I┤ve never seen the written accent in AmE though.

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    hmmm.... thx for the answers. But what is AmE? Is it American spelling? So in summary...learned = American, learnt = British?

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    Quote Originally Posted by halo666 View Post
    hmmm.... thx for the answers. But what is AmE? Is it American spelling? So in summary...learned = American, learnt = British?
    AmE is American English - not just American spelling; also American syntax, American lexis and American phonology.

    Your summary is an over-simplification that many people believe. As a British person who uses both 'learnt' and 'learned' I disagree. People have written something closer to the whole story in the foregoing posts.

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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    We say learnt here.


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    Re: difference between learned and learnt?

    I have always understood that there is a subtle difference:

    "learned" is the past of the action of learning (e.g. Fred learned how to ride a bike)
    "learnt" is the state that something (rather than someone) has been learned e.g. Mathematics was learnt.

    The example with burned and burnt may be easier to explain:

    The paper burned (i.e. it was on fire)
    That piece of paper is burnt (i.e. the action of it being burned has caused it to be in a burnt state).

    Happy to be told otherwise

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