Spelt or Spelled | Meaning, Difference & Examples
Spelt and spelled are two different spellings of the past tense of the verb “spell,” used to refer to the act of writing or saying letters in a specific order to form a word.
The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In UK English, both “spelled” and “spelt” are commonly used.
- In US English, “spelled” is standard, and “spelt” is generally not accepted.
Misspelled or misspelt
Misspelled and misspelt are the negative forms of “spelled” and “spelt.” They can be used as verbs to refer to the act of spelling a word incorrectly, or as adjectives to describe a word that has been spelled incorrectly. The same spelling distinction carries over to these forms:
- In UK English, both “misspelled” and “misspelt” are common.
- In US English, “misspelled” is correct.
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Frequently asked questions
- Is the past tense of “spell” “spelt” or “spelled”?
Spelt and spelled are two different spellings of the past tense of the verb “spell.”
The spelling tends to vary based on the version of English you’re using:
- In US English, “spelled” is standard.
- In UK English, both “spelled” and “spelt” are acceptable.
- Is it “spelled” or “spelt” in Ireland?
In Ireland, both spelled and spelt are commonly used as the past tense of the verb spell. This is similar to the trend in UK English.
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