I have just written a question in the PPCG site, and now that I read it again I have just noticed that I have just written "split" and "splitted" randomly as the past participle of "to split":

Can the number be split into powers of 2?
[The number] can be splitted into...
[The string] can be somehow split into numbers...

Since nobody seems to edit the question to fix any possible spelling mistakes, now I wonder: Are both forms valid? Or is one of them preferred or even invalid?

A simple Google search of "be split" and "be splitted" seems to return many more result for the "split" form (nearly a hundred times more). Maybe the "splitted" form is only used in specific contexts or countries?

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    The past tense, and past participle of "split" is "split". I don't think that "splitted" is grammatical, though I dare say it gets used.
    – WS2
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 15:24
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    Splat! Sploot! Splut!
    – Carly
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 16:56
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    split, split, split, no doubt about it. Google searches return tons of non-native speakers' stuff. Ergo, one cannot use a simple Google search to make a determination.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 17:08
  • So using SPLITTED is archaic, but does that mean that it is incorrect to use it nowadays? Commented May 24, 2019 at 22:00
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    What about "splitten"??
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 24, 2019 at 22:16

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Splitted appears to be a nonstandard/obsolete usage of the past tense of split:

Collins Dictionary notes that:

(Language note) The form split is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle of the verb.

and Merrian-Webster notes that splitted is:

archaic past tense of SPLIT

Google Books shows very few usage instances of splitted compared to split.

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    I was just about to add, archaic.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 17:08
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    is there a general rule that says the same applies to any verb terminating with the letter t, like put, cut, etc ?
    – Veverke
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 13:09
  • @Veverke Sadly there is no such general rule: pat -> patted, butt -> butted, coat -> coated, dot -> dotted Commented May 10 at 14:51

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