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British or American English?

There are many differences between British and American English. Generally, it doesn't
matter which variety of English you speak or write, and most native English speakers will
understand you whichever type of English you use.
!ere are some of the biggest differences between British and American English.
"ome common vocabulary differences are#
pavement $GB% sidewalk $&"%
lift $GB% elevator $&"%
lorry $GB% truck $&"%
rubbish $GB% garbage ' trash $&"%
holiday $GB% vacation $&"%
return ticket $GB% round trip $&"%.
(n the list below, the first e)pression is always British English
*ashing up li+uid , -ish soap
!oover , .acuum cleaner
*ashing powder , /aundry soap
0lothes peg , 0lothes pin
1ridge , 1ridge ' 2efrigerator
/iving room ' lounge , /iving room ' -en
0hest of drawers , Bureau
*ardrobe , 0loset
Armchair , Easy chair
/arder ' pantry , 3antry
4ven , 4ven ' stove
Clothes and Style
Trousers , 3ants $(n British English, 5pants5 are the underwear worn under trousers%
Braces , "uspenders $Be careful# in British English, 5suspenders5 help keep up stockings%
Tights , 3antyhose
*aistcoat , .est $Be careful# in British English, 5vest5 is an undershirt%
a 1ringe , Bangs $a hairstyle when your hair falls to 6ust above your eyebrows across the width
of your head%
7irror , 2ear view mirror
*ing mirror , "ide mirror
(ndicators , Blinkers
Bonnet , !ood
Boot , Trunk
*indscreen , *indshield
/orry , Truck
3etrol , Gas
3ut your foot down , "tep on the gas
$To drive fast%
7otor ' wheels , *heels
$(nformal e)pressions for your car%
Out and about
3avement , "idewalk
/ocal area , 8eighborhood
"hop , "tore
0hemist , -rugstore
(ronmonger , !ardware store
0inema , Theater
Advertising hoarding , Billboard
7otorway , 1reeway
9. British speakers use 5yet5 with the present perfect tense, while American speakers tend to use
the 3ast "imple#
!ave you eaten dinner yet: $GB% -id you eat dinner yet: $&"%
;. 5at the weekend5 $GB% but 5on the weekend5 $&"%
<. British speakers will often use 5was5 in sub6unctive sentences, while Americans prefer 5were5
as in#
5(f ( was you, ('d=5 $GB% and 5(f ( were you, ('d=5 $&"%
(n British English, the final comma before 5and5 $in a list% is omitted, but not in American
"he bought cereal, coffee, sugar and tea. $GB%
"he bought cereal, coffee, sugar, and tea. $&"%
9. or and our
British English tends to use >our in ad6ectives,whereas American English uses >or#
1or e)ample# colour $GB% and color $&"%? neighbour $GB% and neighbor $&"%
;. er and re
"ome noun endings are >re in British English, but >er in American English#
1or e)ample# centre $GB% and center $&"%
<. ice and ise
"ome words have >ice ending for the noun and >ise ending for the verb in British English. 1or
e)ample# practice $noun% and to practise $verb%. !owever, in American English both noun and
verb are spelled practice.
@. l and ll
(n British English, when a word ends in a single consonant, it is doubled when we add a suffi)
beginning with a vowel# 1or e)ample# traveller? levelled
!owever, in American English the 'l' is not doubled# 1or e)ample# traveler, leveled
A. 4ther common words
British English and American English have different spellings for certain words#
1or e)ample# che+ue $GB% check $&"%? programme $GB% program $&"%
Writing dates
(n British English we follow the day month year format, although this is month day year
format in American English.
9'B';C9C is Duly 9st in British English, but Danuary Bth in American English