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    Elmy is offline Newbie
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    Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    Dear Teachers,
    Greetings. I would like to get clarification in using lesson learned or lesson learnt.
    I always came accross these 2 words are use interchangeable but I would really love to know which one is the most appropriate and formal usage.

    Thanking you and appreciate your comments.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    Welcome to the forum, Elmy.

    They are both appropriate formally and informally.

    'Learnt' is more commonly seen in British English and 'learned' in American English.

    They are both pronounce 'lernt'.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    'Dreamed' and 'dreamt' are similar, I think.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    There is no "t" sound in "learned" in AmE.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There is no "t" sound in "learned" in AmE.
    You can still hear larnt from some Appalachians, but the -t ending is certainly rare in spoken American English and, I think, practically unknown in the written language.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Sue01 View Post
    'Dreamed' and 'dreamt' are similar, I think.
    There's no similarity in pronunciation between those two though.

    Dreamed = dreem'd
    Dreamt = dremt

    (Sorry, I don't do phonetics so that's my best stab at showing how they're pronounced.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    In my community it's usual plural, i.e. "lessons learned".

    "We lost the election. Let's review the lessons learned."
    It can be singular, but I usually see it as a plural with the -ed ending in this sort of context in BrE. The phrase would look odd to me with the -t ending.

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