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    Use of Learned vs Learnt

    When is it appropriate to use "learned" rather than "learnt" ie I have learned, it was learnt?? Or, is either correct?

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    Learned or learnt?

    Hi Pauline,

    you're right you can use both, learned or learnt.

    Learnt is common in British English, learned in American English. :wink:

    Ulli :D

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    Re: Ues of Learned vs Learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauline
    When is it appropriate to use "learned" rather than "learnt" ie I have learned, it was learnt?? Or, is either correct?
    I agree with Ulli's post. :D

    Both learned and learnt are alternative spellings of the past tense and past participle of the verb learn.

    Learnt is more common in British English, and learned in American English.

    In addition, there are a number of verbs of the type -ed ~ -t:

    burned, burnt
    dreamed, dreamt
    kneeled, knelt
    leaned, leant
    leaped, leapt
    spelled, spelt
    spilled, spilt
    spoiled, spoilt

    All are irregular verbs.

    Source

    All the best,

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    Does using the learnt-like forms automatically marks you down as a brit?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Does using the learnt-like forms automatically marks you down as a brit?

    FRC
    No. 8) Canadians use both British and North American variations.

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    I always forget about the Canadians

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I always forget about the Canadians

    FRC

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    Re: Ues of Learned vs Learnt

    yes we canadians use both the learned and learnt

    but we prefer the "ed" :)

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    In reply to gonghai

    ......but finally both ways of writing make the same sense, don't they


    Ulli :wink:

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    Re: Ues of Learned vs Learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghai
    yes we canadians use both the learned and learnt

    but we prefer the "ed" :)
    "we"

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