Correct spelling, explanation: felt is a past and past participle form of the verb feel. It’s a word with a long history as it appeared already in Old English. Felt has West Germanic and Dutch origins in the form vilt. When it comes to English, first it had the form filter and later it became felt, which we know today.
Definition of felt:
1. verb (past and past participle form) – to experience something physically or emotionally,
I felt really disappointed with his behavior yesterday.
2. verb (past and past participle form) – to have an opinion about something,
I honestly felt that I did the right thing by telling him the truth.
3. verb (past and past participle form) – to touch something,
I felt the fabrics to make sure it’s soft.
Phrasal verbs with felt:
Some common phrasal verbs with felt include:
1. felt for somebody – to feel compassion,
I really felt for him when he lost his wife at such a young age.
2. felt somebody out – to try to find something out about somebody,
Before I went on a date with him I felt him out a little bit.
3. felt for something – to have a talent for something,
When John was younger, he really felt for football, but he couldn’t find a good trainer in our small town.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the past and past participle form of the verb feel, which is felt, has a simple spelling, but still, some users of English make a mistake and spell it as
fealt, which is wrong. The mistake is probably the result of the fact that many English words are spelled with the ea combination of letters. In the case of the discussed word, however, the only correct spelling is felt.
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