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    Past participle for lean

    Is the past participle for lean and learn different in England than it is in America?
    is it leant or leaned? Learnt or learned?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    Generally speaking it's "leant" and "learnt" in BrE. I believe that the "ed" form is usual in AmE.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    That is correct. "Leant" is very odd to me.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    Here are some of the similar differences (if that's not impossible!) which have cropped up on the site in the past:


    BrE: learn > learnt
    AmE: learn > learned
    BrE: spell > spelt
    AmE: spell > spelled
    BrE: lean > leant
    AmE: lean > leaned
    BrE: earn > earnt (there has been dissention from other BrE speakers about this one.
    AmE: earn > earned
    BrE: smell > smelt
    AmE: smell > smelled
    BrE: spill > spilt
    AmE: spill > spilled
    BrE: spoil > spoilt
    AmE: spoil > spoiled

    There are more.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    The BrE variants above are also used in AusE, though we say 'earned''. But there are certainly enough analogies for 'earnt' to be acceptable.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    About the only variant I can imagine using is "burnt" in certain situations. I might complain that my toast is burnt. I would never say that a building is burnt.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    We also use "burnt" with some colors, such as burnt orange and burnt sienna.

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    Re: Past participle for lean

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    About the only variant I can imagine using is "burnt" in certain situations. I might complain that my toast is burnt. I would never say that a building is burnt.
    I would say that a building had burnt down.
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    Re: Past participle for lean

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would say that a building had burnt down.
    And I would say "burned down."

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