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Shoveled/shoveling vs. shovelled/shovelling

As a verb, shovel is inflected shoveled and shoveling in American English. Outside the U.S., it becomes shovelled and shovelling.


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Shovel is one of a large group of l-ending verbs whose inflected forms have lost the double in American English. Different verbs have lost the second at different times. Shovel was one of the early changers, with the single-forms gaining prevalence in the U.S. around 1900. This means that the change is long established and never questioned.

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