Difference between revisions of "Learned - learnt"

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The [[past tense]] of the [[irregular verb]] 'to [[learn (irregular verb)|learn]]' can, like that of 'to spell', be spelled in either of two ways - '''learnt''' and '''learned'''. However, as an [[adjective]] to mean 'scholarly', 'erudite', it must be '''learned''' - which is then pronounced with two syllables, 'LEAR-ned', {{IPA|ˈlɜː<sup>r</sup>n ɪ (''or'' ə)d}}. (Some writers mark this pronunciation by writing the word with an [[Written accent|accent]] on the second '-e-' as '''learnèd'''.) For this reason, it may be preferable to use learnt for the usual spelling of the past tense.  
 
The [[past tense]] of the [[irregular verb]] 'to [[learn (irregular verb)|learn]]' can, like that of 'to spell', be spelled in either of two ways - '''learnt''' and '''learned'''. However, as an [[adjective]] to mean 'scholarly', 'erudite', it must be '''learned''' - which is then pronounced with two syllables, 'LEAR-ned', {{IPA|ˈlɜː<sup>r</sup>n ɪ (''or'' ə)d}}. (Some writers mark this pronunciation by writing the word with an [[Written accent|accent]] on the second '-e-' as '''learnèd'''.) For this reason, it may be preferable to use learnt for the usual spelling of the past tense.  
 
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::AWE also has a page on the [[Learn (irregular verb)|irregular verb 'to learn']].
You may also want to check the distinction between [[Learn - teach|'''Learn''' and '''teach''']].
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::You may also want to check the distinction between [[Learn - teach|'''learn''' and '''teach''']].
 
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Latest revision as of 18:39, 6 October 2019

The past tense of the irregular verb 'to learn' can, like that of 'to spell', be spelled in either of two ways - learnt and learned. However, as an adjective to mean 'scholarly', 'erudite', it must be learned - which is then pronounced with two syllables, 'LEAR-ned', IPA: /ˈlɜːrn ɪ (or ə)d/. (Some writers mark this pronunciation by writing the word with an accent on the second '-e-' as learnèd.) For this reason, it may be preferable to use learnt for the usual spelling of the past tense.

AWE also has a page on the irregular verb 'to learn'.
You may also want to check the distinction between learn and teach.