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San
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Which sentence is correct?

A. The burned down store crumbled in the rain.

B. The burnt down store crumbled in the rain.

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  • 1 month ago
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    You are using the past participle as an adjective. Most dictionaries list both "burned" and "burnt" as the past tense and the past participle of "burn". So both are correct. It may be that "burnt" is preferred in British English, but it would also be considered poetic and literary in American English. 

    • San
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      1 month agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • 1 month ago

    The burnt down store crumbled in the rain.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's better to hyphenate it, burnt-down store. Otherwise people might mistakenly think it was a shop that sold down (e.g. eiderdown).

    • Zirp
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      1 month agoReport

      yeah, who would want to buy burned down?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Neither. If a store has been "burnt down" it means down to the ground. So "crumble" is not exactly the appropriate word to use there. You might try something along the lines of "The charred remains of the burnt store crumbled in the rain".

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  • 1 month ago

    They are both correct. Which one a person is more likely to use and the one which sounds better to a person depends on which country that person learned English in.

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  • 1 month ago

    Both of them are correct, but if you're writing an essay or something similar, I would recommend 'burnt.' It sounds more, quote unquote, 'professional.'

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  • 1 month ago

    It depends where you are, if you're in America you'd use "burned", but if you're in a country where they speak English you'd use "burnt".  

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