Leaned - leant

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Should one use leaned or leant as the past forms of the verb 'to lean'? They are pronounced differently, the first to rhyme with 'cleaned', IPA: /liːnd/, and the second with 'went', IPA: /lɛnt/. The choice is a matter of taste. AWE recommends non-native speakers to use leaned /li:nd/, in pronunciation and in writing, to avoid confusion with lent /lɛnt/ (the past tense of to lend).

The past form of the verb 'to lend' is always lent.

Note that with a capital L (Lent), the noun means the Christian fast of 40 days before the feast of Easter.