Learned vs. learned?

Hi, it just occurred to me that learned can be pronounced in two different ways - containing one or two syllables. It can be the past participle of learn ['lɜːn-] as well as an adjective meaning educated and knowledgeable. ['lɜrnɪd]
Is that true or am I missing something here?[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, talks: A company president gives a speech at a corporate event[YSaerTTEW443543]

Hi Torsten

Yes, that’s true … at least in American English. But in British English, the past + past participle form of “learn” is “learnt”, isn’t it?


Yes, learnt is the British version of the past partciple and simple past of learn and I think it’s pronounced just like the American learned or is there a difference?[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, talks: A young man calls up regarding an advertisement[YSaerTTEW443543]

As far as I know, the “T” in “learnt” sounds like a “T”.
But, better check with Alan on that. :wink:


Hi Amy,

Spot on - the ‘t’ is sounded.