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What's the difference between 'dived' and 'dove' as the past tense of 'to dive'? 'Spelled' and 'spelt' (to spell)? There are others which are similar. Is one form British usage?

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt May 12 '11 at 13:28

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You might want to have a look at the question evolution of irregular verbs over the last century. –  Alain Pannetier Φ May 12 '11 at 13:17

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Spelled: Past tense of 'spell'

Spelt: An old kind of wheat (Triticum spelta) with bearded ears and spikelets that each contain two narrow grains, not widely grown but favored as a health food.

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