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The spelling with double L is the standard in America as well. A Google search yields over 10,000,000 hits for expelled and only 11,000 for expeled.Hekaheka 22:48, 28 July 2007 (UTC)


The latin verb expellere, expello, expuli, expulsum means "to chase" or "to ban"

Verb tenses[edit]

Actually, I'm totally confused with the tenses. Why are there two rows? And what is that expelleth? Can it be with a simple 'l'? Are there any other verbs which have the same archaic conjugations? Ferike333 17:32, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

I've learnt that the -eth ending is archaic and this form existed with every verb but if we show it here why don't we in any other cases? And by the way, why don't we show even the old -(e)st second person singular form of the verbs? Ferike333 19:27, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
We don't include -eth and -est on inflection lines. I don't know why sewnmouthsecret added it here. I've now removed it. Since the inflection line here said that 'expeling' and 'expeled' are rare forms, I've removed them therefrom (though their own form-of entries still exist).—msh210 19:38, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
They would be the regular American spelling, theorically. Ferike333 11:34, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Why do you say so? We (here in the States) use repelled and repelling, never *repeled or *repeling; compelled and compelling, never *compeled or *compeling.—msh210 16:57, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
OK, sorry. I just tried to think logically, after traveled, kidnaped (and jeweler, but that's another matter), etc. And as those forms were given, I thought they must have been the American spelling because if they were British, it would be much less logic. Sorry for the confusion, I didn't want to harm you. Ferike333 18:12, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
Most of the vestiges of logic in English are long gone! Equinox 18:13, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
In all living languages I'm afraid ;-) --Duncan 20:12, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
Just try to learn Hungarian ;-) There are cases in which we discuss whether we said something correctly or not. Even educated people do. Ferike333 20:49, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
P.S. I wonder if the rule (in English) is to do with the stressed syllable. "TRA-veled" but "ex-PELL-ed". Equinox 21:13, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
Ooh, thank you so much. It explains. Ferike333 12:55, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
I always mis-spell "travelled." I also pronounce it traVELLed. (Inland Great Lakes accent with a dash of Canadian) Coincidence?-- 04:11, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Expelled from school[edit]

Formerly used (in the UK at least) for a naughty child being made to leave a school. The more modern and politically correct version is "excluded". Equinox 01:39, 4 September 2015 (UTC)