Spelled or spelt?

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Alasdair:
Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?

Alasdair.
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Pat Durkin:
[nq:1]Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?[/nq]
I think that both are correct, but in the US a speaker using "spelt" is likely to see a few eyebrows raised, since here the irregular pp tends to be less familiar.
Learnt is in the same boat. "Lit" is probably on its way out, too.
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Adam Funk:
[nq:1]Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?[/nq]
The short answer is: they are both correct.
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Mark Wallace:
[nq:1]Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?[/nq]
Both, although some subscribe to "spelt" being used only as a simple past form, whilst others claim it should only be used to form the present/past perfect.
Wait until some petty style manual takes sides then the Yanks amongst us will start screaming that that is the only possible way to use it, and always has been.
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Farhad:
In the UK, "spelt", "learnt", "burnt", etc are the common way of spelling. But Americans treat the regular and irregular forms differently. As a verb, they almost always use them in regular form. Look at the examples below:
You've spelled my name wrong.
I learned to drive when I was 17.
But, when they use them as modifiers (adjectives), they tend to use the irregular form:
Students, you should underline the wrongly-spelt words. I don't like burnt food.
Regards,
Farhad
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mcfadden.matthew:
Either are correct. Spelt is simply considered "old english" and is less used in America. But both are correct.
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Barbara Bailey:
[nq:2]Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?[/nq]
[nq:1]I think that both are correct, but in the US a speaker using "spelt" is likely to see a few eyebrows raised, since here the irregular pp tends to be less familiar.[/nq]
Unless he's talking about fish...
[nq:1]Learnt is in the same boat. "Lit" is probably on its way out, too.[/nq]
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Barbara Bailey:
[nq:2]Can someone please tell me the correct usage "I have spelled it correctly" or "I have spelt it correctly"?[/nq]
[nq:1]I think that both are correct, but in the US a speaker using "spelt" is likely to see a few eyebrows raised, since here the irregular pp tends to be less familiar.[/nq]
Arrgh. Grain, not fish. That's "smelt"
[nq:1]Learnt is in the same boat. "Lit" is probably on its way out, too.[/nq]
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Mark Wallace:
[nq:1]In the UK, "spelt", "learnt", "burnt", etc are the common way of spelling. But Americans treat the regular and irregular forms differently.[/nq]
I'm afraid that's not true. US English is every bit as likely to bow to the influence of Germanic usage.
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