Learnt or Learned?

Sometimes, the English language can present challenges to learners and native speakers alike with its many intricacies and subtle (but important) differences. One thing’s for certain – learning and using these tricky bits of language is always a very rewarding task! Today, we’re taking a closer look at learnt and learned – what’s the difference? When do we use them?

‘Learned’ and ‘learnt’ are both used as the past participle and past tense forms of the verb ‘to learn’. Both versions of the word are actually correct and widely used in the English-speaking world, but there is one small difference between the two words. ‘Learned’ is the preferred way of spelling in the US and Canada, while ‘learnt’ is favoured in British English. The important thing to remember when studying English at EC English is that while both versions are correct, you should always try to use the same spelling consistently throughout a piece of writing, no matter which one you choose.

But wait just a second…

There’s (almost) always an exception to any rule you can think of. The word ‘learned’ also exists as an adjective to describe someone who is well-read, knowledgeable, and has quite a strong educational background. ‘Learned’ (adjective) is pronounced differently from ‘learned’ (verb)’ – just take a look at the examples below!


learnt or learned

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