Here’s a grammar question that causes a lot of concern for no reason: leaped or leapt. Which one is correct?

Some writers will argue that one or the other is right. But in fact, you don’t need to worry about it.

Both words are past tense of the verb, “to leap.” They mean exactly the same thing, and are completely interchangeable. Feel free to use whichever one you want!

The horse leaped over the fence.

The runner leapt over the hurdle.

Same word, same meaning.

Both words are used extensively in English writing, and there’s no real preference toward one or the other. The only thing to be aware of is if you’re working with a style guide that specifies the use of either leaped or leapt.

Otherwise, feel free to use whichever one you prefer. They’re both correct.

One last note: Watch out for the word lept. This isn’t actually a word, it’s a misspelling of leapt. The word lept is always wrong. Don’t use it!