Misspelled or Misspelt?
The Quick AnswerMispelled and mispelt are spelling mistakes. Both are written with a double s, i.e., misspelled and misspelt.
If you're unsure whether to use misspelled and misspelt, use misspelled.
If you're following UK writing conventions, you can use misspelt, but it has been less popular than misspelled since the mid-1970s.
Misspelled and MisspeltSomewhat ironically, the verb to misspell is commonly misspelled. It is written with a double s. In other words:
- mispell , mispelled , mispellt
- misspell , misspelled , misspelt
Americans Demand MisspelledIn America, misspelled dominates. The use of misspelt as the past tense or past participle of to spell is considered a spelling mistake by most Americans.
Brits Will Accept Misspelled or MisspeltOutside America, misspelled has been more popular than misspellt since the mid-1970s. (Here is evidence from Google's Ngram viewer.) In the UK, both misspelled and misspelt are accepted.
Spelled and SpeltIt's the same with spelled and spelt. Americans demand spelled, but Brits will accept either.
Verbs with Irregular and Regular FormsThe following verbs (like to spell) have both regular and irregular forms:
|Verb||Past Simple||Past Participle|
|burn||burned OR burnt||burned OR burnt|
|dream||dreamed OR dreamt||dreamed OR dreamt|
|learn||learned OR learnt||learned OR learnt|
|smell||smelled OR smelt||smelled OR smelt|
Interactive ExerciseHere are three randomly selected questions from a larger exercise, which can be edited and printed to create exercise worksheets.
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