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AnonymousOK, confused re the correct 'UK / English' spelling - is it lessons learned or lessons learnt - or does it not matter?I'm a Yank who uses "learned". As far as I know, our British cousins use "learnt" and pronounce it as it appears.
What is the difference between learned and learnt?
These are alternative forms of the past tense and past participle of the verb learn. Learnt is more common in British English, and learned in American English. There are a number of verbs of this type (burn, dream, kneel, lean, leap, spell, spill, spoil etc.). They are all irregular verbs, and this is a part of their irregularity
source: Ask Oxford.com (Oxford Dictionaries)
...I'll be using learnt from now on (The idea of writing spoilled or burned annoys me)
AnonymousThe idea of writing spoilled or burned annoys me"Spoilled" would annoy me as well.
It's either spoiled or spoilt.
AnonymousIn British English, both forms are correct.- This isn't true!!As a ESOL teacher in Britain, I don't object to students using American spellings and grammar providing they are aware that they are using them and using them for everything. Learned is incorrect in BrE. (In fact the first time I saw it on this site, I contacted a Native American Speaker to check it was correct).
Philip is correct.
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