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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    learnt vs. learned

    I know that "learned" belongs to American English, right? I hear it is pronounced with "id" (not just "t" as in learnt) at the end (as in the word "ended", for example). Is it the truth?


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    Re: learnt vs. learned

    There are two forms of "learned":

    The first is "learnt" - past of to learn

    The other is "learn-ed" - someone who is highly educated.

    It is common English, not specifically American.

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    Re: learnt vs. learned

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    There are two forms of "learned":

    The first is "learnt" - past of to learn

    The other is "learn-ed" - someone who is highly educated.

    It is common English, not specifically American.
    Oh, thanks, Anglika!
    But "learned" as the past participle (He has learned German for two years.) is not supposed to be correct in the (or should I leave the article out here?) British English, is it?
    How is it (the word learned) pronounced, then? With "id" or "t"?


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    Re: learnt vs. learned

    learned is only ever pronounced learn-id when used as an adjective. As a past participle it is pronounced learnd or learnt.


    The problem with that is that "a learned lesson" [[a lesson that has been learned/learnt}}[where "learned" is an adjective] is pronounced "a learn-d lesson", whereas "a learned professor" is pronounced "a learn'ed professor".

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    Re: learnt vs. learned

    Many thanks to you for all your replies!! I've learnt (or learned) something new !

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