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Difference Between Spelled and Spelt

Main Difference

The main difference between Spelled and Spelt is that Spelled is the preferred choice in American English, whereas Spelt is the preferred choice in British English.

Spelled vs. Spelt

Spelled is a most commonly used past tense of “spell,” whereas spelt is less commonly used past tense of “spell.” Spelled has double “L” in its spelling. Conversely, spelt has a single “L” in its spelling. Spelled ends with “ed,” whereas spelt ends with “t.”

Spelled is a favored term in America and the United States where spelt cannot be used generally. On the other hand, spelt is a favored term everywhere, excluding the United States of America. If you are following the United States writing conventions, then you must use spelled. On the flip side, if you are following the United Kingdom’s writing conventions, then you can use spelt but spelled can also be used.

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Spelled cannot be used if you want to refer to wheat, but spelt can be used for reference to wheat. If your audience is the UK or a European resident, or you are conversing with people who live in Canada and British, etc. then you can use “spelt” besides “spelled” as well. On the flip side, If your audience is a US resident or you are communicating with people living in America, you should choose “spelled” over “spelt.”

Countries like South America, the Caribbean, Japan, South Korea, Northern China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jodan, Iraq, and the Philippines, etc. use the word “Spelled,” whereas countries including Europe, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, and Pakistan, etc. can use past form “spelt” as well.

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Comparison Chart

SpelledSpelt
Asked someone some kind of information in the past is called spelled.Asked for information specifying something in the past is called spelt.
Form of Verb
Past tense and past participle form of the verbPast tense and past participle form of the verb
Spelling Difference
Double “L” and ends with –edSingle “L” and ends with –t
Writing Convention
American EnglishBritish English
Countries Following
The United StatesThe United Kingdoms
Example
Are you sure you spelled all the answers correctly on the quiz yesterday?The boy who won the spelling bee competition spelt all the vocabulary words so nicely until he reached modem.

What is Spelled?

Asking questions or information regarding something is called spell, and if the scene is created in the past, then the past from “spelled” would be used. To pronounce words is called spelling, and past form is spelled.

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Spelled is commonly used in the United States, where spelt is least common in use. Spelled can also convey the meanings of signification and explaining something explicitly. The procedure of naming, writing, or authorizing the letters of a word in a particular alignment is the definition of spelling.

Spelled is also used in several idioms, including “spelled doom,” “spelled trouble,” “spelled disaster,” or “spelled ruin,” etc. having different meanings behind them. These idioms do no use the term spelt. Instead, they prefer using spelled generally. The term spelled is deemed to be the perfect choice for aligning out the letters of a word throughout the world.

In the United States, spelled is most common in practice and publication, whereas spelt is becoming rare and is considered misspelling in America. Naming out or writing letters in order to constitute a word is also considered spelling.

Examples

  • My name is spelled L-I-N-K-I-N P-A-R-K.
  • He spelled out his plans for his incoming anniversary.
  • Joseph proposed Cristian by presenting her a plane that spelled her name in the air having hearts behind it.
  • Patience is pronounced like and usually spelled Patience.
  • The name Cape Hangerton was spelled, and the man sitting beside stood up.
  • It had been spelled Zazu Sakura in some film credits and broadcasted articles.

What is Spelt?

Spelt is the past tense and past participle form of verb “spell.” Spelt is becoming least and least common, whereas spelled being a regular verb becoming more and more common. Spelt is also called as a particular kind of wheat that is suitable for those who are allergic to common wheat, but not for the persons affected with gluten allergies.

Spelt is a chosen term in British English and is spoken all around the world. The United States of America follows American English, so they prefer the usage of the verb “spelled” over “spelt.” In America, spelt cannot be used generally, and it is considered incorrect. On the other hand, spelt and spelled can be used interchangeably throughout the world.

Examples

  • He was so conscious about his success that he spelt all the words accurately and precisely.
  • The last resident of this villa before me was Zum Tarien, also spelt “Zumtarien.”
  • The name Lamberbony was derived from Greek name Lambert; shades sometimes spelt Lambertshades.
  • Wheat, barley, maize, corn, and spelt were the fundamental leading crops, which were the primary earnings of the poor.
  • His name is occasionally spelled “Wallahshahid.”
  • The name of that haunted town is spelt in so many ways that it is scaring even to hear of it.
  • My mother spelt my name to call me for breakfast.
  • I had been abandoned that I spelt alone, even in the dreams.
  • Fleming Rederson’s family name is spelt as Flemings.

Key Differences

  1. Spelled is a regular past form of verb having ending of –ed; on the flip side of the coin, spelt is a regular past form of verb having ending –t.
  2. Spelled is commonly used in American English. Conversely, spelt is commonly used in British English.
  3. The usage of the term spelled is increasing day by day. In contrast, the usage of spelt is decreasing day by day.
  4. Spelled is used to communicate with the audience of the United States. On the other side, to communicate with the audience of Europe, spelt can be used.
  5. The countries, which follow the word “spelled” are South America, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Northern China, Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, Jodan, Iraq, and Kuwait, etc. On the other hand, the countries, which follow the word “spelt” are Europe, Singapore, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, and England, etc.

Conclusion

Spelled is a common term of American English, whereas Spelt is a common term of British English. Spelled is a preferable term in comparison to Spelt, which is becoming less and less frequent recently.

Aimie Carlson

Aimie Carlson is an English language enthusiast who loves writing and has a master degree in English literature. Follow her on Twitter at @AimieCarlson