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The Black Guardian
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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Language changes all by itself, usually.
Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 02:15:06 pm EST (Viewed 688 times)
Reply Subj: Language changes all by itself, usually.
Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 12:00:10 pm EST (Viewed 740 times)



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      And if someone leaps, do you say "leaped" or "leapt?" ( I always thought the correct word was "leapt."

    Again, in actual usage "leaped" seems to have triumphed. Both are correct, but "leapt" is rapidly becoming an archaism.

Yes. For some reason, contemporary US English speakers do not like the "-t" ending. The same goes for "learnt." For instance, "learnt" has just now pinged my spell checkers in both Firefox and Office. If you're in the States, it's best to never use the "-t" endings, unless you're writing a character piece.

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      And if someone creeps, do you say "creeped" or "crept?" (I always thought the correct word was "crept.)

    "Crept," unlike "leapt," seems to be hanging on in common use Either is correct according to most modern authorities.

This, "burnt," and "knelt" might be the only exceptions.

Leant, spilt, spoilt... all once proper words, but no longer, it seems, in the States.




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