Leaped vs. Leapt

In this lesson, we will discover new things about the differences and similarities between these grammatically-confusing words.

"Leaped" vs. "Leapt" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are simple past tenses and past participles of the verb 'leap'. However, 'leaped' is the American spelling, whereas, 'leapt' is the British spelling.

Differences

'Leaped' is the American spelling, while, 'leapt' is the British spelling. Look at the following examples:

How could the blue tem have leapt on to the 20th level so quickly?

My sister leaped up to open the door.

Similarities

Both are simple past tenses and past participles of the verb 'leap'. Check out the examples below:

Sarah suddenly leapt out of his car.

My cat leaped out its box and ran away.

Are They Interchangeable?

Native speakers use these verbs interchangeably because they are one and the same. Compare:

✓ The boy leaped out of the car and ran straight to the park.

✓ The boy leapt out of the car and ran straight to the park.

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