What should be the correct usage: "you have spelled it correctly" or "you have s

  1. ngureco profile image83
    ngurecoposted 6 years ago

    What should be the correct usage: "you have spelled it correctly" or "you have spelt it correctly"?

  2. Lady Wordsmith profile image81
    Lady Wordsmithposted 6 years ago

    Whichever you prefer.  'Spelt' tends to be the British spelling, 'spelled' the American.  But Americans use 'spelt', and Brits use 'spelled' as well.  It's no big deal, as long as you're consistent in your own writing - stick with one, it's up to you which you choose.

  3. Jane Grey profile image91
    Jane Greyposted 6 years ago

    Lady Wordsmith is correct, and I would add that it can be distracting to your readers if you use the foreign spelling of the word without good reason (i.e. a good reason would be in a joking manner, or to contrast the two countries, or to speak flamboyantly and draw attention to the word). Americans are not used to "spelt" unless it is a grain, and Brits may not be used to spelled.

 
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