Smell (irregular verb)
'To smell' is an irregular verb. Its forms are given here:
|Base form||past tense||-ed participle||Remarks|
|smell||smelt or smelled||smelt or smelled|| The variation between 'smelt' and 'smelled' is a regular variant|
smelt is less common in American English.
See note [b] in category:Quirk class 1 A
- This is one of the "the 250 or so irregular verbs" listed in Quirk 1985. The list "contains most of the irregular verbs in present-day English ... but is not meant to be exhaustive, particularly with regard to derivative verbs." AWE has copied most of the entries in that list. The verb 'to smell' belongs to Quirk's Class 1 A
You may also - or instead - want to see an article on different uses of smelt.