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    #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Does using the learnt-like forms automatically marks you down as a brit?

    FRC
    No. Americans (and let's not forget Canadians on Canada Day) and Canadians use some of the learnt-like forms.

    This American uses:

    burned, burnt**
    dreamed, dreamt
    kneeled, knelt
    leaned
    leaped, leapt
    spelled
    spilled*
    spoiled

    * I only use "spilt" in "spilt milk".

    ** In AE, burnt is usually reserved for colors and things that have a burned appearance, but aren't really burned.

    burnt orange
    burnt rose
    burnt sienna
    burnt umber

    burnt toast (dark color and crisp, but not destroyed)
    burned toast (destroyed, not edible)


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    #12

    Re: Ues of Learned vs Learnt

    I am Australian and I normally use the British versions of these words. However, i have never heard of leant. I always use leaned.

    burnt
    dreamt
    knelt
    leaned
    leaped, leapt
    spelt
    spilled, spilt
    spoiled, spoilt (usually the plot of a film is spoiled and a rich kid is spoilt)
    Learnt

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