I was confused before this whether which is right, learnt or learned? I have an American dictionary installed on my Firefox2.0 – and it always says that I’m wrong when I use the word learnt. I used Google’s define function too to verify it, but it says “No definitions were found for learnt”. I got fed up because the word learnt is widely used in Malaysia and it’s impossible it’s wrong.
After doing some research on AskOxford, I understand that both learnt and learned are correct. Learnt is in British English, while learned is in American English. I personally prefer British English, it looks more brilliant to me. Wondering why there are two types of English language, we in Malaysia are using British English.
Some of other examples that have similar confusion like learnt are burn, dream, kneel, lean, leap, spell, spill, and spoil. There are some other interesting articles at AskOxford like confusion about “email and e-mail” and related stuff. Good site to gain some general knowledge in English language.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post