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Jude's avatar

Is it "I dreamed" or "I dreamt"?

Asked by Jude (32134points) November 14th, 2011

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marinelife's avatar

The past tense and past participle of the word dream is dreamt.

vine's avatar

Either is fine.

Ayesha's avatar

Both are correct. In either case it is the past tense of the verb ‘to dream’.

DominicX's avatar

Both are acceptable; it’s at your discretion. “Dreamt” was most likely the original and “dreamed” came about because of it’s similarity to other “regular” past-tense verb forms. Same goes for “leaped” and “leapt”.

Jude's avatar

I often hear my partner saying “I dreamed”, whereas I say “I dreamt”.

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Kardamom's avatar

As long as you are both still dreaming about each other, it’s all good.


JLeslie's avatar

Both. Same as burnt and burned. I think it is regional differences.

janbb's avatar

British English is usually, “I dreamt”; American is, “I dreamed.” (Which is probably why your and your partner’s usage is different.)

gailcalled's avatar

Similar issues with “dived” and “dove,” and “hanged” and hung.” “Hanged” is pretty much reserved today for execution.

EmptyNest's avatar

I say, “dreamt”. I think it’s pretty funny that the spell checker on fluther doesn’t recognize the word.

Jude's avatar

@janbb Must be! :)

CaptainHarley's avatar


Never heard “dremt” used. You sure you don’t mean “drempt?”

janbb's avatar

@CaptainHarley That’s a Yiddish word! :-)

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb: So’s_verklempt._

@CaptainHarley: dreamt.

wundayatta's avatar

My spell checker says it’s “dreamed.”

janbb's avatar

Again, Brit vs. American usage.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Also Southern US.I’ve used “drempt” my entire life.

whitetigress's avatar

Yes they both work just fine. Aesthetically from a literary stand point, I like “dreamt” just a tad bit more however :)

Paradox25's avatar

Both will work like said above but I’ve noticed from reading books by British authors that they tend to stick with using words ending in t rather than ed for past tense purposes like learnt instead of learned, etc.

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