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    learned or learnt

    Our in-house rule is to use 'learned' as a verb and 'learnt' as an adjective. So which should we use in the phrase 'lessons learned'?

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    Re: learned or learnt

    In AE it would be lessons learned.

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    Re: learned or learnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Our in-house rule is to use 'learned' as a verb and 'learnt' as an adjective. So which should we use in the phrase 'lessons learned'?
    What makes that house rule hard to interpret is that a past participle is adjectival. So while in British English the word 'learnt' is acceptable (although the Am E rule is more cut and dried, as RonBee says) both spellings are possible:

    We must think about the lessons we've learnt. [past participle]
    The lessons that can be learned from this are... [also past participle]

    Both are acceptable (in BE), and your house rule doesn't help.

    There are some collocations that lend a preference to one version or the other - e.g. 'learned behaviour'.

    [There is another use, not relevant here - where 'learned' has two syllables and means wise/educated/well-informed. In this case your house rule does not apply; 'learned men' are men who have learnt a lot, and in this phrase 'learned' (with two syllables) is an adjective that can't be replaced by 'learnt'.]

    b

  4. #4

    Re: learned or learnt

    Hey, both are right

    Learned is American English

    Learnt is British English

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