Use of learned and learnt


Please let me know when can we use learned and learnt in a sentence?


Suppose I wish to say that,


I learned to ride a bicycle.      Can I also say,


I learnt to ride a bicycle.


Let me also be informed as to which one is the past form of the sentence


         I am learning to ride a bicycle.

asked Feb 28 '13 at 00:15 gomathyc New member

2 answers


Learned and learnt are both the past tense of learn. Learnt is more common in British English.


This is called the present progressive tense.

I am learning to ride a bicycle


The past progressive tense:

I was learning to ride a bicycle.

link comment edited Feb 28 '13 at 12:29 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Learnt is archaic, and that's why less preferred.

link comment answered Feb 28 '13 at 04:00 Rahul Gupta Expert

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