Questions tagged [ed-vs-t]

Questions about verbs with two past-tense/past-participle forms, one ending in -ed, the other in -t.

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"Bereaved" vs. "bereft"

I saw the sentence below, and I think it would sound better after changing "bereaved" to "bereft": Having lost his father in early childhood, he was bereaved of his love and affection. The Oxford ...
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Can there be a difference between learned and learnt?

To the best of my knowledge, there is no difference in meaning between learnt and the single-syllable form of learned. This is supported by the answers to When do you use "learnt" and when "learned"? ...
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"Lept" vs. "leapt" vs. "leaped"

After reading this discussion, I'd like to know what example sentences distinguish the meaning of the words lept, leapt, and leaped from each other?
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Boilt or boiled

Which word should be used here; 'boilt' or 'boiled'? When the mother came home, the dinner had already been boilt/boiled. I know that prepared/cooked/done are correct options, but I had to ...
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Is there a difference between saying a place is "well-lighted" versus "well-lit" or is it just stylistic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between “well-lighted” and “well-lit”? I feel that "well-lit" means there is enough light whereas "well-lighted" implies ...
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Which past tense of "to light" should I use here?

I know that there are two ways to form the past tense of to light (i.e. lit/lighted). Which one is appropriate for the sentence below? His thoughts lighted our way. or His thoughts lit our way.
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What's the past tense of "dive"? Of "spell"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: UK English: Is "dived" a valid word? Spelt and Spelled “Dreamed” vs. “dreamt”, “leaped” vs. “leapt”, “lighted” vs. “lit” Evolution of irregular verbs over the last century ...
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Evolution of irregular verbs over the last century

I learned at school that irregular verbs are slowly disappearing from the language: "spelled" is more used than "spelt", "learned" than "learnt", etc. But recently, someone told me that some new ...
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What's the difference between "well-lighted" and "well-lit"?

This question has been on my mind since I first read Hemingway's story, "A clean well-lighted place". I have never heard "well-lighted" in my life other than in this story. I have heard that a room ...
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When would one use "burnt" and when would "burned" be more appropriate?

More out of curiosity than anything, when would one use "burnt" and when would "burned" be appropriate? For example, This coffee tastes burnt. This coffee tastes burned. or They burnt the ...
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"Spelt" vs. "spelled"

In the following sentence, should I say spelled or spelt: You spelt/spelled "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" wrong.
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When do you use “learnt” and when “learned”?

Is learnt UK English and learned US? Is it that simple? I’m used to using learnt, but my US spellchecker says it is wrong.
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Is "earnt" a real word?

Is the past tense for the word "earn" "earned" or "earnt", and does the word "earnt" even exist?
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Why do some words have two past tense forms (e.g. "dreamed" vs. "dreamt")?

While perusing ShreevatsaR's answer to this question, it occurred to me that my own verbal usage is out of step with what I see in current American literature. When speaking in the past tense, I ...
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