Learned or learnt ?

(31 Posts)
MiniMonty Wed 23-Oct-13 01:42:14

What say you?

I'm seeing homework and I'm railing against certain spellings that go unchecked and unmolested.
Dreamed or dreamt?
Learnt or learned?
(there are many others).

I am perfectly happy for the language to evolve and change - hang on - no I'm not...

So what say you?

ReallyOverThis Mon 09-Dec-13 13:07:41

Teacake, proven is the past participle in the perfect tense-he has proven his point. But he proved his point.

DeckTheHallsWithBoughsOfHorry Mon 09-Dec-13 13:48:02

I pronounce them differently, so for me it's "I learned that in 1995" but "yes, DS1 has learnt his spellings".

As for adjectives, it's "my learned friend" (lur-nid) but "learnt behaviours" (lurnt).

CocktailQueen Thu 02-Jan-14 21:36:28

Past tenses - either leant, learnt, burnt or leaned, learned, burned is fine, so long as consistent.

RobinSparkles Thu 02-Jan-14 22:02:20

Smelled or smelt?

WhomessweetWhomes Thu 02-Jan-14 22:44:51

They are the same. Both are quite correctly used as past tense and past participle in British English.

iklboo Thu 02-Jan-14 23:12:21

Unless you're using 'smelt' to describe processing steel, of course.

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