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Spelled or spelt?

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headfairy Mon 12-Dec-11 12:26:11

Dh says spelt.. but isn't that a kind of flour?

and in this sentence is it "the word was spelled/spelt wrong" or "the word was spelled/spelt wrongly."?

MerryMarigold Mon 12-Dec-11 12:27:17

Tagging. Wanna know. Or even spellt. Spelt is a kind of grain I think!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Dec-11 12:33:51

I would say that the word was spelled incorrectly.

Not sure if that's right or not. <lurks for better pedants>

Deberny Mon 12-Dec-11 12:34:54

Both are fine.
dreamed/dreamt is the same

Christmascheerinateacup Mon 12-Dec-11 12:38:54

Nowadays both are acceptable.
<mutters something about dumbing down>

Deberny Mon 12-Dec-11 12:40:50

You can't dumb down history grin
It's to do with which verb group they fell into in Old English.

TapTapTapPenny Mon 12-Dec-11 12:52:06

both are fine

wrongly is correct
unless you want to rejig the punctuation and it's a sentence about the word 'wrong'

MerryMarigold Mon 12-Dec-11 14:51:54

So is spellt one 'l' or two?

TapTapTapPenny Mon 12-Dec-11 14:55:19

one L in spelt
two in spelled

MerryMarigold Mon 12-Dec-11 16:11:19

Ok. Thanks. Odd! And do you pronounce 'spelled' as 'spelt' or just the way it's written.

MerryMarigold Mon 12-Dec-11 16:11:48

Oops, that was a question. ?

ConnorCamden Fri 23-Dec-11 19:56:02

spelled is past tense "She spelled it this way"
Spelt is present tense "the word is spelt wrong"

BobbinRobin Fri 23-Dec-11 20:33:08

In 'The word is spelt wrong'

is 'spelt' is a verb? confused So should it be 'spelt wrongly'?

RecursiveMoon Fri 23-Dec-11 20:35:12

I remember like this:

I spilled the milk. The milk is spilt.

That's right, isn't it blush?

BobbinRobin Fri 23-Dec-11 20:38:15

or 'spelt incorrectly' even?? confused

EdithWeston Sat 24-Dec-11 12:00:25

This thread had made me unsure what I'd say in some cases. RecursiveMoon's example is fine for some indications of an earlier event.

But is there a preferred version if those examples are amended to:

I have spilt the milk. / I have spilled the milk.
The milk has been spilt. / The milk has been spilled.

nickelhadababyYesLord Sun 01-Jan-12 21:10:33

"the word is spelt incorrectly" because "spelt is present tense".
that's not right, sorry.

In that sentence, "is spelt" is the verb - and it's passive.

Spelled is the preferred spelling whichever mood or tense you are using.
It is common to say spelt, though.
There's no reason why you can't use "spelt" instead of "spelled" but it doesn't look so nice, so maybe for informal writing only.

Spelt is indeed a method of manufacturing grains.

Katie2019 Fri 15-Mar-19 15:00:33

Yes, "is spelt" is the present passive, but, in more detail, "is" is the auxiliary and "spelt" is the past participle.

Katie2019 Fri 15-Mar-19 15:04:48

Also, "spelled" is the preferred method in America, but in Britain we can use either. And I believe borth are pronounced "spelt". At least I've never heard the "d" pronounced in "spelled". Whether something "looks nice!" is subjective.
Also, spelt is not a method of manufacturing grains (as far as I know, grains are not manufactured, they are grown), but a species of wheat.

Katie2019 Fri 15-Mar-19 15:05:21

... sorry, both are pronounced... not borth.

kingfisherblue33 Tue 19-Mar-19 22:21:57

Actually, spelt/spelled can both be present and past tense! And both are correct in uK English. Same with

Katie2019 Tue 19-Mar-19 22:53:49

Well, I did say both were used in UK. But I'm curious about them being in the present tense!

kingfisherblue33 Tue 19-Mar-19 23:03:03

Check dictionary refs, Katie!

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