Correct spelling, explanation: the verb refer is a two-syllable word with the second syllable stressed (reFER), ending with a combination consonant-vowel-consonant. In such cases we double the last consonant when adding ending -ed (refer – referred). Therefore referred is the correct spelling and
refered is wrong.
Definition of refered:
verb, past simple and past participle form of refer; to mention or call something/someone in certain way; in medical language to send patient to specialist or some treatment
He referred to me as “Mrs Jones” although I asked him to call me by my first name.
The patient was referred to blood test.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
refered is an incorrect form, because r at the end should be doubled. We double the last consonant when adding suffix -ed when a two-syllable word has stress on second syllable (reFER). Therefore the correct form of this word is referred – with the last consonant doubled.
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