Learned vs. learnt

Learned is the more common past tense and past participle of the verb learn. Learnt is a variant especially common outside North America. In British writing, for instance, it appears about once for every three instances of learned. In the U.S. and Canada, meanwhile, learnt appears only once for approximately every 500 instances of learned, and it’s generally considered colloquial.

Writers throughout the English-speaking world use learned as the adjective meaning possessing broad, profound knowledge. Incidentally, this sense of learned is pronounced with two syllables: LUR-ned. As a verb and in normal past-participial use, learned is one syllable.

Examples

Instances of learnt, as seen below, are especially easy to find in British publications: 

What’s more, I learnt that it is possible for scientists to influence these enquiries. [Guardian]

But, just like Peter Siddle, he has learnt tricks from other sports. [Telegraph]

As a result of both, I have learnt a number of lessons (some of them the hard way). [Financial Times]

The same publications use learned much of the time, however.

But learned is the more common form, and it is used both in the past tense and as the past participle, as shown below:

He learned to read at a little schoolhouse where his parents had gone as well. [NY Times]

Although many new mothers think breastfeeding will be natural, it is a learned skill, she said. [News.com.au]

During his stay, he has learned that some things remain the same as on earth. [CBC.ca]

Ngram

This Ngram visually renders the use of learned and learnt in a large number of U.S. books and periodicals published from 1800 to 2000.

And this one shows the words’ use in British books and periodicals from the same period:


Keep in mind, though, that both these Ngrams are skewed, even if only a little, by the adjectival learned.

Comments

  1. Great post! Thanks for the clarification. I have the habit of wanting to correct the person who uses “learnt.” I remember my 1st grade English teacher drilling into our heads “learnt is poor English!”  By the way, where did you get the data for those charts?

    • I realize it’s been 4 years since your post, but I was told the same thing in grammar school.
      I was just reading an exposé and it had “Learnt” in the title. I thought, “How was this even published!? How embarrassing!” Yet, now, I’m the one rather embarrassed.
      I thought I had quite a grasp on the King’s English…apparently one does learn new things every single day. I learnt a new one today, myself!
      Thank you for this amazing site.

  2. Learnt is very commonly used here  (New Zealand). 

    • Rob Toemik says:

      And thank you too, for that interesting tidbit!

      • Casper Green says:

        Generally speaking, New Zealand language follows British in terms of spelling of the words (although not pronunciation)

        • Rach Carlyon says:

          Yes, but, though I’m from New Zealand, I correct those who use “learnt”.

          • Peter J. King says:

            Then you’re wrong, as all the sources I’ve read, including this one, accept both forms. Use “learned” if you like, as I use “learnt” — but it would be rude, and wrong-headed for me to correct your usage just as it would be rude and wrong-headed for you to correct mine.

    • Yep, that’s us Ashlee. Was just ‘corrected’ (on FB) by some upstart in the US that ‘learnt’ was not a word. I gave him what-o!!! :) Glad it actually is in your neck-o’-the-woods after-all, Liz. :)

    • jimeous says:

      We also say knelt instead of kneeled, burnt instead of burned, dreamt instead of dreamed, spoilt instead of spoiled and spelt instead of spelled, leapt, slept, spilt and so on. We don’t and should never use American variants of the English language in NZ

      • EssThree says:

        Australian here, agreed.

      • Aaron Duff says:

        Slept doesn’t really apply, since sleeped actually isn’t a word here in North America either, the same way keeped is not, and kept is.

      • Vanzilar says:

        Actually, being from Brooklyn NY, we tend to use and accept many of the t endings listed here as well: burnt, slept, leapt, spilt are accepted in formal writing and common usage. The only one that we are told is wrong is learnt! Also from many of my professors in my Ivy League University, they used learned (one syllable) in place of learn-ed! English all over is always changing, I love changing up my style from time to time. Will start working on making learnt cool in the US now. Then in 30 years will do a switcheroo to drive everyone nutty.

      • The people in the U. S. are slowing losing any sense of what grammar even is! Despite being born & raised here, I find it extremely embarrassing to read other posts, watch TV, podcasts, etc. by Americans utilizing “words”, slang, or misspelling every other word. I know some people say it is “texting syndrome” and whatnot, but to me? It’s utter laziness & an unwillingness to learn. Teachers & schools, as well, are to blame. My 4th son just graduated this year. Not one of my boys ever had any type of grammar lessons once they are out of middle school. High School English consisted of reading a book followed by a project. Luckily, I’m a stickler for proper grammar and spelling. I’m not perfect, but I want to hold normal conversations with them and they have the ability to not look ridiculous when they write.
        I suppose I’m asking for people not to judge all Americans due to the lack of some refusing to speak properly.
        Thanks :)

    • “Learned is the more common past tense and past participle of the verb learn. Learnt is a variant especially common outside North America.”

      Namely learned is the more common form EXCEPT everywhere else in the English-speaking world. Hah, Americans.

      • It also goes on to say learnt is used once out of every three instances of learned. Learned is still more commonly used worldwide. They’re just saying learnt is more commonly used outside of North America. Reading comprehension ftw.

        • Might be that you are reading mostly North American sources.

          You send a bunch of illiterate religious nuts to the colonies, and lo and behold: they can’t spell. But they go ahead and create new dictionaries and grammars. Suddenly “gotten” is a word (I guess because of “forgotten”?) and then they go online and correct English English speakers. Oh dear.

          • Did you even read the article? Lmao. I know you brits love to talk shit about Americans, but most of the time you just make fools out of yourselves (which isn’t difficult, most of you are fools to begin with). It says learned appears 3 times as often as learnt in britain, as in even in that spotted dick eating country, learned is still more commonly used. Just because you’re English doesn’t mean you can’t be corrected on the English language (even though that’s not what I’m doing. Just pointing out your ignorance). Cheers mate.

          • I have a lot of time for our cousins in America, but please stop butchering the language. Some people over here are picking your vices.

            Regards

          • Are you enjoying your rainy, little miserable country over there?

  3. An interesting point to note is that both the past tense forms “learnt” and “learned” are pronounced similarly (with the ending ‘t’ sound).

    Of course, their pronunciations would differ in American and British English. But, a British English speaker would pronounce them both similarly, and an American English speaker would also pronounce them similarly, though the way these two speakers would pronounce the words would differ.

    [Also, obviously I am not referring here to the other, adjectival, usage of learned (lur-ned). That one does end with the ‘d’ sound.]

    • Pedanthony says:

      There is no such thing as ‘British English’. Britain is made up of several countries, all with strong accents of their own – often more diverse between each other than with ‘American’.

      • You obviously never heard a person from Mississippi talk to a person from South Boston

      • Astrid Gambill says:

        There’s strong accents within English counties, let alone across the countries making up Britain.

      • There is English and there is American. You can hardly call what Americans speak “English”.

      • John Hammer says:

        Accent has nothing to do with it. It is what is taught in schools as proper English. In the US we us a z in many places that an s is used in the UK. Calling it “British” English is simply differentiating the more common rules between the two countries, not the accents. If accent was the only rule then we would be speaking thousands of English forms in the US alone. However, it is rules dealing with the proper use of words, phrases, etc. We do not use “learnt” in the US nor do we spell it, organisation. If you can tell me that in Scotland they are using z’s instead of an s then we won’t group you in calling it British English. We’ll say you speak American English. However, for the general types without getting picky for the slang and accent preferences to a region, a common type of English is spoken in the UK that is referred to as British English. A common type is spoken in the US that is referred to as American English. All other English speaking countries will typically fall under one of these sets. We don’t say, you speak Australian English, or New Zealand or even South African English. For speaking English in the world there are two major distinctions, American English and British English.

        • Camila Jonas says:

          You’re right. I am Argentinian and I’m at college studying in the Licensed Translator course and, of course, I must know about phonetics. There’s a book I’ve read which actually makes that distinction that you mentioned between those two common “Englishes”, and they call BBC English as RP (Received Pronunciation). However, it also describes the Estuary English which shares characteristis with other accents.
          There’s an interesting video called “World Englishes” by David Crystal. Some of you might be interested in it.

        • Nope, sorry we do have such a thing as New Zealand English. We even have the New Zealand Oxford Dictionary which claims to be the ultimate guide to New Zealand English. It is not just spellings that are different, but the language is different to English. For example the words “crib” and “bach”, meaning beach cottage, is part of NZ English and not just a colloquialism like the word “nope.” American English also differs in content as well as spelling and grammar. For example they would say elevator as opposed to lift. In the NZ Oxford Dictionary I can find no reference to “British” English or “Proper” English. It is simply “English.”

      • There is a British English. There is no British accent. That´s a big difference.

    • thylacine says:

      I’m not sure I agree. I live in Australia, where ‘learnt’ is commonplace and ‘learned’ is used not infrequently, and I can hear clear difference in pronunciation. Moreover, I suspect the two variants are used to render a (albeit small) difference in meaning: ‘learnt’ has more an abrupt feel to it—suggesting something immediate, whilst ‘learned’ seems to me to imply something longer term. It could just be me, and any difference is subtle in any case, but I suspect it’s there.

    • Eks – I hate to disagree, but American English does not pronounce “learned” and “learnt” the same. We pronounce them the way they are spelled. Learned with a “d” ending sound and Learnt with a “t” ending sound. The difference in the two are really quite noticeable. If you are hearing the “t” ending sound it is because the speaker is saying learnt and not learned. I live in and grew up in the southern U.S.. Even with our Southern dialect butchering some words you can tell the difference. We were always taught to use learned and thought learnt was improper speech or slang. But, we could always tell the difference between the two.

    • Moisés Ánton Bittner says:

      Learnt /lɜːnt/ vs. learned /lɜːnd/ (v); /ˈlɜːnɪd/ (adj.)
      As you can see they are not pronounced in the same way. The irregular form ends in /t/ (voiceless, alveolar, plosive consonant), on the other hand, the regular form ends in /d/ (voiced, alveolar, plosive).

  4. ‘Learnt’ is just a mispronunciation of ‘learned’.

    • Brilliant

    • Liz Vandall says:

      I was taught learnt, spelt, etc. in Rhode Island elementary school in the ’70’s

    • cocottelabroue says:

      English is a language that evolves quite rapidly. This means that its grammar rules and its vocabulary evolve from how native speakers are speaking. French has l’Académie française, and so it evolves much less rapidly. The French are purists. If I were to take a stab at it, I would say that in the US, “learnt” became “learned” in an attempt to simplify the language and to remove exceptions. Canada also follows the British English rules. Another one of those rules is the use of the “z”. In the US, you would write organize, criticize, etc. whereas in Canada, as per British English, we would write organise, criticise, etc. Also, in the US you would write color, odor, etc., whereas in Canada we would write colour, odour. In this case, I do not believe that the evolution stems from a mispronunciation, although many words have evolved and evolve today due to chronic mispronunciations.

      • thylacine says:

        Interesting. When I was in Canada I never saw the -ise suffix used in those instances you mention. My understanding is that Canadian writers prefer the -ize variant—which is perfectly acceptable in British English too, by the way.

      • You missed with your stab. In the US, learnt did not become learned. It all depends on what part of the country you went to school. In the southern U.S., where I live and grew up, we were taught to use learned. Learnt was thought to be improper speech or known a slang.

      • Ohjusthere says:

        Canadian, generally speaking, actually uses ize instead of ise (statistically from canadian literature post 1960 and whatever you would call news articles) from. However do keep our Us in the words that you mentioned. Where I am from ‘learnt’ was never a thing. past tense for verbs was ed. Except maybe for dreamt, but then again there was normally arguments over that one.

      • I am a Brit who has lived in Canada for 6 years, and in my experience, Canadians use a mixture between British and American spellings. They say “learned”; I have never heard a single Canadian say “learnt”, in fact I have been ‘corrected’ by Canadians for using this spelling. They also use “-ize”, not “-ise”. But I would agree that “-our” is used instead of “-or”, e.g., “colour”, “odour”.

    • thylacine says:

      Maybe where you come from, but in my part of the world it’s standard, formal English.

    • alex ojideagu says:

      Steve you are wrong. Learnt is correct British English.

    • Not a mispronunciation, Steve. It’s how we Kiwis say and write it.

      • Rach Carlyon says:

        No, it’s not. I’m born and bred Kiwi, however, “learnt” is wrong to me. As an author, (and I may look way too much into this) but “learnt” is colloquial language, whereas “learned” is deemed correct.

        I’ve had this debate with the writers guild and all my English teachers and classes since year 10, that’s four years, I’ve had this debate.

        I use “spelled” not “spelt” (“spelt” is even underlined as incorrect while typing this. As is “learnt”. However, and regrettably so, I fluctuate between “burnt” and “burned”. I usually use “burned” because, the “t’s” on the end, just doesn’t look right.

        My one main “T” that I do use, is “dreamt” – however, only in pronunciation, never in spelling.
        Steve, you ARE right. “Learnt” is just a mispronunciation of “learned”.

        • Uncle Buck says:

          Would you say ‘built’ is correct?

          • Jennifer Flippo says:

            I would say yes built is correct, but then never in my life have I heard or seen the word builded (until I just now wrote it)

          • Jamie Canivet says:

            In the hymn Jerusalem the author says “And was Jerusalem builded here”

        • cunning linguist says:

          burnt is an adjective (the burnt toast)
          burned is a past-tense verb (we burned a fat one)

          • Burnt is Simple Past and Past Participle of Burn. It’s exactly the same thing as Learnt Learned.

          • William Wade says:

            In America we “Burned” the toast. Burned is the older form. Burnt came about during a period in the 16th through 18th centuries in which there was a trend toward replacing -ed endings with -t in words where -ed was no longer pronounced as a separate syllable. Later, British writers continued to favor the newer -t forms for a handful of verbs, while North Americans went back to the more traditional -ed forms.

        • you should put into consideration the format of english your computer settings favors, else you may think learnt or spelt is wrong just because your computer underlines the word, what about favor and favour . . . ?

      • I’m italian, learned the english in the last few years, chatting, and I get goose bumps whenever I read “learned”.

    • rubbish

    • Rach Carlyon says:

      That’s my argument as well.

  5. Liz Vandall says:

    When I went to elementary school in the ’70s in Rhode Island, we were taught to use learnt, burnt, spelt, etc. and consequently, I still do. I relocated to California in 1983 and I distinctly remember someone laughing when I used these words, so I suspect it might be regional, perhaps New England English was closer to British English? We also pronounced the word “aunt” the British way, where in CA, they said “ant”.

    • I grew up in CA, but learned to say learnt, burnt, etc. from my mother (though I usually write in the -ed form…?). My mother is from Massachusetts. Her father was from Newfoundland and her grandmother, who lived with my mother, was from Ireland. I’m not sure what her influences were, but it may have been a New England thing.

    • I’m from New England and this is far from true. It is not regional. If anything it would be time based and instructor based. All the people who used to teach the neanderthal version of these words (aka UK English) since died. Good riddance. Replacing ed with t makes you sound uneducated.

      • Does it make you sound uneducated? I learned the english in few years, studying. What I learnt is the contrary, actually. I find illiterate who turns the -t into -ed. Basically, everyone who doesn’t use the UK english.
        I ask because this is how I’ve learnt it, and this is how I will always use the english.

  6. Does this extend to other words whose past tense can either end in “-ed” or “-t”? Specifically, I am thinking of “dreamed/dreamt”, where the pronunciation is affected more than in “learned/learnt”. The former would be pronounced with a long “e” sound and the latter with a short “e”.

    • Frederick says:

      Yes, you are correct. Some areas of the world pronounce “dreamed” as “dreamt”. I believe this sort of thing is more common in British countries such as New Zealand, Australia, etc, where it is not just commonplace to pronounce as “dreamt”, but is taught to be incorrect to pronounce it any other way

  7. My elementary school taught Learn (present tense), Learned (past tense), Learnt (past continuous tense). You always say “have learnt” whereas “have learned” is considered wrong.

  8. My staff have all come to understand or have learned, that I will not accept reports from them when they use learnt, spelt or burnt.

    • Well that is being petty!
      As learnt, spelt, spilt, burnt, dreamt, etc are all acceptable variants and are also, particularly in Oz, the preferable variants!
      Just look at a dictionary, such as the Macquarie (used in Oz).

    • lol. you’d have to fire me for not being an illiterate. I’d never accept to use learned over learnt. I would just never ever do so.

      • Justino says:

        If you have to send a report to Jim, you should use his standard. He is your superior. You won’t be losing your job because of literacy, you’ll lose your job for not following the directions of your boss.

        • xcava86x says:

          Never bow to the authority. YOU are the authority. The boss must show you respect, it doesn’t matter if it’s the boss: if he’s wrong you must tell him, respectfully, but you’ve to tell him. Never bow, never be dominated, don’t let anyone rule you. Your life has value!

  9. What I took away fom the graph is that over the years we have all leart/learned less.

  10. Isn’t there a perfect / imperfect tense issue here?
    (English-speaking English person in England)

  11. The text-to-speech engineer in me would suggest we use “learned” for the two-syllable “educated person” and move to “learnt” instead of “learned” for the past tense of learn. But I know that’s a pipe dream.

  12. billiam says:

    I learnt good!!!!
    Learned hahaahah!!

  13. This nonsense about colloquial forms! It is not colloquial at all to my English ears using “learned” often sounds misplaced. I tend to use both forms depending on how it sounds in the context of the sentence, neither is grammatically wrong and should not be deemed so. We can all relax.

    It looks to me, though I am guessing, that “learnt” and “learned” stem from the partially germanic roots of the English language where verbs have 2 different endings depending on whether they are used in the simple past tense or the perfect past; That is “I learnt, I have learned” , (auf Deutsch Ich lernte, ich habe gelernt) Now English is not German and d’s are almost t’s sound etc. i don’t know I’m absolutely certain a linguisitics expert will know for sure.

    I do tend to use the different forms with an almost unknowing relationship to the time register of the event I am talking about and often when writing find myself changing it from one to the other depending on some unseen grammatical DNA. Sadly I have knwo clue if there is any real rule or difference anymore.

    • Barbara Joseph says:

      I was taught that ‘learned’ was used when one ‘has learned’ something; and ‘learnt’ was used when the ‘has/have’ couldn’t be used in the sentence. For example: “Steve learned about philosophy today.” Because you can place ‘has’ between ‘Steve’ and ‘learned’ then you use the ‘-ed’ ending. But if you can’t place a ‘has/have’ there, then you use ‘learnt’.
      Does anyone remember this grammar rule at all?

      [Mind you, my English teacher was the world’s worst speller, so who knows if the grammar rules were correct]

  14. So what have we learned/learnt from all this? I mean, ‘we’ as non-native English speaking foreigners… If you native speakers are already so confused, what about us? I just wanted to find out the correct spelling of ‘the word’ and came across this site. So there seem to be some clues about spelling (and very interesting indeed!), but I learned that it’s okay to use ‘learned’ all the time. Makes things easier after all ;-)

  15. Colin Burnett says:

    oh cool…..this was confusing me for ages…

  16. Why can’t we just settle on one word and not have confusion about which one is proper. Let’s just combine the two and start saying “learnted”.

  17. Gina Ramsay says:

    I’m here because I typed in learnt and it comes up as incorrect spelling. But so does neighbour, colour and favour. So I am sticking with learnt. So there. :)

  18. Learnt is ‘poor English’ ? Learnt is PROPER English.

  19. now I know why someone was surprised when I use “learnt”. he must be from NA

  20. Will.I.am.not says:

    Anytime I see someone use learnt I assume they are an idiot! Learnt is not a word in the US English dictionary.

  21. Gertirtrert says:

    If “Learnt” is more common in Britain, doesn’t that make “Learned” the colloquial form? But really, the people claiming that one form is correct and the other arbitrarily wrong are just being arrogant. It’s ENGLISH, for gods sake. There’s so many instances of highly nuanced usages or multiple words with the same meaning in this language that it’s ridiculous to declare one right and one wrong, much as we may hate the ambiguity.

  22. Kenneth Lyneham says:

    English is used in England, Australian is used in Australian, US citizens use their own corrupted version of the English language.”Learned and learnt” in England & Australia is more commonly used as, “He is a very learned man, who learnt well his lessons in school”. In this case “learned” has two distinct syllables, ler-ned. The reason a correction comes up for various words is more commonly because spell check is set to “US English”. It doesn’t mean a mistake has been made, it means that in the US they were and still are, too lazy to learn how to speak Correct English, instead opting for the easy way and changed the way of spelling to accommodate their laziness.

    • Hannibalektr says:

      First off, I am American. Learnt has always made people look ignorant to me, as if they grew up in some ghetto somewhere that I’ve never visited. I’m glad you were able to clear that up for me. Thanks!

      PS
      Think of all the things America contributed to the world. How can you call us lazy?

      In my opinion we weren’t lazy when this happened to the word “learnt”. We were building a great nation based on what we wanted in what once was the home of the free because of the brave.

      • Kenneth Lyneham says:

        The only reason you think the users of ‘learnt’ are ignorant is because of your own ignorance.
        Learned IS becoming more acceptable but only because of US influence. For people who speak REAL English, ‘learned is used more in the line of, “He is a learned person” (Poetical), or, “it is a learned journal. (adjective). Or as a courteous remark of one with a good education, (unlike you), “My learned friend.”
        “Think of all the things America contributed”
        Most of the important ‘US inventions’ came from people who migrated to the country, think Tesla. Many of the home grown inventors actually either stole or merely improved inventions from others, think Thomas Edison.

        So, you think you “built a great nation” just by screwing up a language?
        Your people ‘built a great nation’ by slaughtering great nations that already lived there. Something to very proud of.
        The definitions I used for learnt, came from the Oxford dictionary which the US spellcheck system tells us that it is wrong!

        • Hannibalektr says:

          Well, I guess you failed to grasp my point when I wrote the reply thanking you for clearing that up for me. It was a genuine compliment. If you feel you must go on insulting people because you have self worth issues, have fun with that. You must be a very popular guy with your one friend (the dog you beat).

          As per my mention of America, you didn’t even notice that I wrote in past tense. This shows I am humble in regard to our involvement in wars this last few decades. It also points to a much earlier time regarding the use of learned instead of learnt.

          You could benefit from reading more history books instead of anal retentive dictionaries. History is written by the victors, not by those who were conquered. This is not the American way, it is the way of men in power over governments throughout time.

          All American’s came from somewhere else accept native American Indians. So your point about stolen inventions is moot.

          Ungrateful people like you probably wouldn’t exist without our intervention in WWII. I still don’t see any other nations putting men on the moon. Or did we steal that as well?

          I’m glad I learned that I was correct in my original assumption about people who use the word learnt. Namely you :)

          • Kenneth Lyneham says:

            Personally I don’t give a shit about how you feel about my reply to you, I tell it as it is. I don’t beat around the bush and I don’t talk bullshit.
            Your point that I missed was you telling me how ignorant you think people are that use the word ‘learnt’ and in the next breath saying ‘thank you for clearing that up”?
            That’s a double edged sword dipped in bullshit right there!
            Anyone who tells others about how humble THEY are is a wanker, and far from humble. If you have to tell people you’re humble, you’re not.
            I don’t just read the Oxford dictionary I also have a Macquarie dictionary, and a complete 3 volume Webster’s Third International Dictionary as references.
            Everybody came from somewhere else at some time, we all originated in Ethiopia, that’s a different story though.
            The ONLY thing that got you through the second world war was Money, materials and vast volumes of manpower, enough to sacrifice when it didn’t matter. That’s no way to fight a war.
            The Australian soldiers had to show the yanks how to fight jungle warfare in PNG. They were hopeless soldiers without their cigarettes and ice cream.
            You did a fantastic job of putting men on the moon, no doubt about that, BUT you wouldn’t have heard it but for Australian telecommunications that broadcast the landing to the US.
            The rest of the space program has been nothing but brilliant.

          • Hannibalektr says:

            Nice use of all those swear words. It shows how well you retained vocabulary in that fine library of yours! Very refined. (and for the record, that is a “double edged sword dipped in bullshit”).

            As far as the U.S. just throwing raw power at WWII, that proves even further how little you know about us or world history. We built and dropped the first atomic bomb, now that is much more than mere resources!

            We American’s use to believe it is better to die free than live in chains. Because of that you are free to type all these aggression’s at me here in this chat today.

            You are right, everyone did come from somewhere. And the smartest minds became U.S. citizens. I guess they knew better than you eh? This statement just proves my point further. They and their inventions became all the could be once they were Americans.

            Funny that you would say Aussies taught us how to fight in this last post, but in your other post you said we are great at slaughtering other nations. I guess we learned all those skills from the long line of criminals banished to Australia. Something for you blokes to be proud of in your book I guess eh? Wow you really seem to care. About what I have no idea!

          • Kenneth Lyneham says:

            “Parsons began to arm the atomic bomb; it took him fifteen minutes.
            Parsons thought while arming “Little Boy”: “I knew the Japs were in for
            it, but I felt no particular emotion about it.”

            “Little Boy” was created using uranium-235, a radioactive isotope
            of uranium. This uranium-235 atomic bomb, a product of $2 billion of research, had never been tested. Nor had any atomic bomb yet been dropped from a plane. Some scientists and politicians pushed for not warning Japan of the bombing in order to save face in case the bomb malfunctioned. The need not have bothered, the bomb worked fine.
            “The Target Committee wanted the first bomb to be “sufficiently
            spectacular for the importance of the weapon to be internationally
            recognized when publicity on it was released.”
            They chose Hiroshima and Nagasaki, not because they were military targets but because it would a bigger effect on the moral of the people.
            The US government told everyone the reason for dropping the bombs was that they wanted the war to end sooner
            That was a lie.
            The Japanese government were ready to end the war AND surrender to the US, the reason being was that the Russians were about to invade Japan and the Japanese did not want the Russians to take over their country.
            America murdered an estimated 400,000 mostly civilian men women and children with the dropping of the two ‘A; bombs, 200,000 by December 1945 and another 200,0000 within the next five years.
            There were two reason for dropping the bombs, one was to test their ability to do so and the other was to make a point.
            It has been said that the bombs removed any need for the US to invade Japan and suffer incredible losses but there wa no need to invade. The resources of Japan were almost completely gone. Many cities had been and were being bombed. Rear Admiral Tocshitane Takata concurred that B-29s “were the greatest single factor in forcing Japan’s surrender” And with the threat of the Russians entering the war zone and possibly invading Japan, the Japanese were ready to surrender BEFORE the bombs were dropped.
            One historian (Tsuvoshi Hasegawa) states that the Soviet declaration of war on Japan had more of an effect than the two nuclear bombings.

            The USA is the foremost terrorist country in the world, bar none. Your country’s history is written on the bodies of countless millions they’ve killed in their endeavour to “take democracy” to the masses in, South American countries, Central American countries, Mexico, Africa, Asia, European countries and Asia.

            You mentioned in a previous post,
            “All American’s came from somewhere else accept native American Indians. So your point about stolen inventions is moot.
            What the hell ‘stolen inventions’ has to do with people coming from somewhere else makes sense only in your mind.
            Also when I said, ‘your nation was built on the destruction of other nations’ that was a reference to the destruction of the American Indian nations.
            When you said that native American Indians didn’t come from somewhere else, you were wrong, they came from Asia.

          • Hannibalektr says:

            Nice quote from the internet. You should link sources before you plagiarize because you can’t think on your own accord.

            It might be ugly, but war is hell. The Japs attacked us without warning at pearl harbor with everything they had. Imagine that, we didn’t just jump into the fray, we were provoked.

            I guess there isn’t much about WWII in your big library of unread dictionaries. Our attack on Japan was self defense. We did not have endless money and supplies. That is why they used the bomb. The Japanese were a formidable opponent.

            At the time America felt it was a damn good reason to drop that bomb and save American lives and resources. Mess with the bull and you get the horns. They asked for it when they “awoke the sleeping giant”.

            It seems to me that you would side with anyone even the axis of evil just to make an incoherent point in this conversation about WWII. You are making no sense.

            Good point about all of us coming from Ethiopia or Asia. In either case you are basically saying that you are an American and I am an Aussie because you and I have the same origins. Right? Ridiculous! Exactly, we were talking about countries not primordial origins of the first sub human Troglodytes. In this case we are related to all living organisms at some point in time. Irrelevant fodder.

            Anyone who disputes America’s intentions in WWII as you have is a complete moron.

            This conversation has been worthless on your side. Face it, you got owned. Stop before you make an even bigger ass out of yourself than you already have.

            Troll on…..

          • Kenneth Lyneham says:

            For you to say, “Nice quote from the internet. You should link sources before you plagiarize because you can’t think on your own accord.”
            Just shows your crass stupidity.
            EVERY piece of information and all your knowledge came from books. You have never had an original thought in your life unless of course you’re capable of osmosis.
            Like me and everyone else, you went to school and learnt from books and or utilised the internet, encyclopaedias, or do so now.
            Not everything I wrote came directly off the internet, what did is in quotation marks.
            The info about how poor the US soldiers were when fighting the Japs in PNG, came from soldiers I know or knew personally. THEY were the ones with the first hand knowledge.
            You really are an idiot if you think the Japs were unprovoked. to think you actually believe your own bullshit!
            Amazing !!
            Unlike you and Your US propaganda, I side with the truth, and the truth is,
            you really are a dumbarse.

          • Hannibalektr says:

            Pussies like you always talk big in a chat room, but I am sure if we met in person you would cower like a bitch. On the other hand I’m really sorry you were mistreated so badly as a child. Maybe if that had not happened you would be a real man.

          • He’s a retired plumber… But still full of shit. Consider the source.

          • dosssva says:

            With so many dictionaries you should be well versed in the etymology of the word learned. You should know that English writers were the lazy bastards that bastardized learned into learnt. Furthermore, it is clear from your original post that your butt hurts and you only meant to insult Amricans. You threw it out there and got called on it. If you weren’t looking for an insult battle then perhaps you’re just an imbecile. If you were, then you’re just a troll. Either way, I’m through and you suck. Have a shitty day. That’s a single edge for Y’ALL!!

        • dosssva says:

          Learned existed before learnt. Who’s lazy now?

        • I have virtually agreed with every post from everyone from Britain, Australia, New Zealand…But your post is very cruel & shallow. You seem like a mean old man who holds people in contempt for not speaking “your” English. Well, I’ve heard plenty of slang & slews of improper English whilst in England, my friend.
          Please take note, sir, that the citizens of the U.S. are not all from Britain. Millions of people brought their languages & customs here and, in turn, new words were formed. I am Finnish, Irish, & Dutch. I grew up in a community that only spoke Finnish, so I used Finnglish often.
          Now, however, I am a big believer in proper grammatical skills, but your arrogance disgusts me.

  23. Pete JD says:

    When you say British English, do you mean Britain which contains England? You know, England where English is from? Stop trying to Americanize everything. So arrogant.

    • dosssva says:

      British English as opposed to American or Australian English. What’s your beef? We’re discussing common words here, not the origin of languages.

  24. The Crappest says:

    I’ve read most of these comments and have learn’t which to use :)

  25. Andy Nonomous says:

    I always thought learnt was redneck speak.

  26. William Wade says:

    Learned is the older form. Learnt came about during a period in the 16th through 18th centuries in which there was a trend toward replacing -ed endings with -t in words where -ed was no longer pronounced as a separate syllable. Later, British writers continued to favor the newer -t forms for a handful of verbs, while North Americans went back to the more traditional -ed forms.

  27. Sean Reddy says:

    While, as an American English speaker, I more comfortable with the use of “learned” (pr. lurnd), I can see a clear advantage to adopting “learnt”: distinguishing between that as the past tense of “learn”, and the adjective “learned” (pr. LURN-ed), meaning “educated”.

    • That’s because this is exactly how it’s supposed to be. I don’t understand why North American English adopted this usage of “learned”. But you guys are still in time to correct your foul ways. We love you guys, don’t fail us on this one.

      Love,
      England

  28. Charles Brubaker says:

    Learnt sounds like the British form of ebonics. It’s like listening to a person who speaks English as a second language. Very ghetto.

  29. Jay Dawg says:

    I suppose when it comes to Law writing in particular, a glossary of definitions should be included, so we aren’t endlessly trying to figure out what the writers of law were trying to say . I understand the spoken word can be forgiven to an extent, but not written ..That said, if we don’t come to some standardization of all words and definition without compromise … we are doomed… IMO its just lazy grammar habit…

  30. Alan John Jefferies says:

    Learnt is correct, never use learned its such poor English unless you are a US English speaker.

  31. Orlaith Williams says:

    Sorry to be pedantic; UK = Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, England and Wales. Britain = Scotland, England and Wales only.

  32. learnt ain’t a word!

  33. Mark Morley-Souter says:

    Whales live in the sea and don’t speak any kind of English.
    Some people live in Wales, some of them speak Welsh and work hard to keep that ancient language alive.

  34. nimrod funk says:

    I live near Washington DC. I’m learning French and find having both written and conversational forms strange. However, I’m guilty of speaking “drempt” but write the word as “dreamed”. Maybe English has a conversational form and these are the subtleties.

  35. Robin Fox says:

    Great post. I remember being told by my school teachers that “learned” is just flat out wrong. All I learned is that school teachers are the worst of the grammar nazis – they’re not even right half the time yet they insist you do it their way!

  36. Type Here says:

    ‘Huuurrr durrr hur. ‘Shred’ becomes ‘shredded’ so ‘learn’ will become ‘learned’. Hurr dur hur’.
    I hate the word ‘learned’ with a passion. It just sounds so illiterate. ‘Burned’, ‘leaped’ and ‘earned’ are annoying too, but they’re not as frequent.

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