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Anonymous:OK, confused re the correct 'UK / English' spelling - is it lessons learned or lessons learnt - or does it not matter?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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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.
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Anonymous:Well do we have an answer yet... Is it lessons learnt or lessons learned
Anonymous:This should answer your question:
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.
Anonymous:In British English, both forms are correct.
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.
Anonymous:If I remember well what I learned at the highschool in latin (it was 45 year ago) terms gerundium and gerundivum were two different forms of a verb: learnt supposed to be used together with an auxiliere verb, while the other is an adjective/adverb from the verb learn. It replies on the question which lessons, what type of lessons? Just in the context of lessons learned is learned an adjective and should be learned.
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