Correct spelling, explanation: the word permitted is a past participle and a past simple form of the infinitive to permit. It is made of a basis and a suffix. There is a rule in the English language that when we have a single vowel before the last and stressed consonant in a word, we need to double that consonant. Although, many people forget that rule. That’s why the correct form is permitted and the incorrect one is
Definition of permitted:
1. verb (past participle, past simple), officially allow (someone) to do something
My mum permitted dogs in the house.
His means permit him to live comfortably.
2. adjective, allowed or tolerated
Smoking is not permitted in the cinema.
Visitors are not permitted to take photographs.
Collocations with permitted:
Some most commonly used collocations include: legally permitted and normally permitted.
Abortion is legally permitted in this state.
Development is not normally permitted in conservation areas.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
permited is a spelling mistake because it doesn’t consist of the double -t letter, which is necessary in this case. Permit is a regular verb, which means that its conjugation shouldn’t be problematic to anyone. You need to add the suffix -ed to the end of the root. Although, we have to remember one principle: when there is a single vowel before the last and stressed consonant in a word, this consonant must be doubled. That’s why permitted is correct and permited is not.
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We keep on repeating this mistake time and time again! So, so sad.
Since the syllable of stress depends on verb or noun form, it depends on the intended meaning.
Permited would be something that was given a (noun) permit.
Permitted would be a past form of the verb “to permit”.
Contrast stress of object (noun) and object (verb). Then consider the English spelling rules concerning final syllable which contain on vowel enclosed by two consonants. The final consonant is only doubled when the final syllabus is stressed.
This is why occurred is spelled as it is with the double r.
That’s about right.