use of the word benefited or benefitted
what is the correct way to express past tense if using the word "benfitted" or is it "benefitted"
The answer depends upon where in the world you reside.
In American English, benefit forms benefited and benefiting. In British English, benefit makes benefitted and benefitting.
Outside of the United States and Great Britain, which version is used depends upon the strength of the cultural ties to America or the UK. Canadian English tends to be a mix of both. In the rest of the Americas, the US version predominates. Elsewhere, the British version is dominant due to the country's colonial past.
Over the past thirty years, elements of American English have begun to be noticable worldwide, especially in Australia, but even in the UK, as the globalization of mass media (including publishing) bring more US content to worldwide audiences. The internet seems to be accelerating this trend.
I hope this helps.
|link||answered Aug 31 '12 at 23:01 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
On the question of benefited or benefitted, the latter has the distinct advantage that it will not tend to be pronounced to rhyme with "slighted". Ergonomic aspects such as this should always be considered, regardless of the currency or provenance of a word.
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