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Subject: Re: OT: pet peeve (rant) Date: 3/12/2001 6:58 AM
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The one that really floors me is learnt...and it seems to be popping up all the time now. It is frequently paired with alot.

I was struck by this one, so I checked it in the concise OED (see my previous post on this great resource for the King's English). Learnt is a correct alternative for the participle, as in I have learnt, or the lesson was learnt, or A thing learnt in my youth. It is not correct for the simple past tense -- you're not supposed to say I learnt my lesson (if I am understanding the OED correctly). However, learned is also correct for the participle ("I have learned"), and I think most literate people today use that instead.

A classicist obsessed with participles since 1902 (darn, that annoying tag is catching!)

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