What is the difference between spelled and spelt?

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13 Responses to “What is the difference between spelled and spelt?”

  1. dumplingmuffin said:

    no such word as spelled it is bad grammer

  2. Drama queen said:

    Spelled is incorrect.

  3. CuriousJ said:

    Spelled is the past tense of the verb relating to how letters are arranged to make up a word. Spelt is a type of grain.

  4. Bethany said:

    Both are correct. Spelled is preferred in the US, whereas either is acceptable in the UK and the rest of the world.

  5. SUE G online said:

    spelt is correct, spelled is bad grammer, alot of young ones think if they put “ed” on the end then its correct, but its not.

  6. JAMES M said:

    I have often heard the phrase “the word is spelled” and on the other hand the phrase ” you spelt that word wrong”.
    In this day and age where the English language is continually being altered it would seem that both spellings and pronunciations are acceptable.
    Being Scottish with a somewhat dubious grasp of the English language and no Celt language in me at all I would prefer the most appropriate spelling and pronunciation spelt.

  7. waspy said:

    Both are correct if you look them up in the dictionary.

  8. Roundthread said:

    Spelled is correct but pronounced= spelt.

  9. Mr Nobody said:

    Spelt is the past tense of spell in the same way that learnt is the past tense of learn. In the US they need things to be more simple so they have tried to eradicate the wonderful anomalies in the ENGLISH language. As a result, spelled and learned have become generally accepted.

  10. Elizabeth said:

    They are the same word, meaning the same thing but spelled/spelt differently.
    Only people who have no knowledge of what the rest of the world is doing regarding the English language will dispute this fact.
    Next thing they’ll be telling me that the words colour and behaviour have no “u” in them.

    spell (spěl) Pronunciation Key
    v. spelled or spelt (spělt), spell·ing, spells
    v. tr.
    To name or write in order the letters constituting (a word or part of a word).
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spelled

    The past tense and past participle of spell (only in the word-related sense) can be either irregular (spelt) or regular (spelled).
    British English allows both irregular and regular forms. In American English, the irregular forms are never or hardly ever used.
    http://www.reference.com/search?q=spelled

  11. kn_chmbrs said:

    Quite simple.

    You knock your drink over then it has been “spelled” on to the floor.

    You turn to ktychaos and say I have “spelt ” my drink.

    Now do you understand?

  12. consentpete said:

    spelt is not really a word. You instead should say “have spelled”

  13. Diane H said:

    Spelt is also a kind of wheat.
    But as a verb, either spelt or spelled is acceptable, although spelled is the more common form, at least in the U.S.




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