Lesson learned or Lesson Learnt

Elmy

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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.
 

Rover_KE

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

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

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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.
 

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'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.)
 

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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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