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:
, both “spelled” and “spelt” are commonly used. UK English In
, “spelled” is standard, and “spelt” is generally not accepted. US English
Examples: Spelt and spelled in a sentenceMy name can be spelt / many different ways.
spelt / the word for the teacher. spelled
The two dictionaries
spelt / the word differently. spelled
I’d heard someone talk about Scribbr, but I wasn’t sure how it was
spelt / . spelled
NoteVerbs whose simple past and past participles are formed in some way other than by adding the suffix “-ed” are called irregular verbs.
“Spell” can be either regular or irregular, with the irregular form more common in UK English. This is also true of “
learnt/learned,” “ dreamt/dreamed,” “ knelt/kneeled,” and “ burnt/burned.”
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:
, both “misspelled” and “misspelt” are common. UK English In
, “misspelled” is correct. US English
Examples: Misspelt and misspelled in a sentenceA misnomer occurs when someone’s name is misspelt / in a legal document.
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