Justin asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 11 months ago

What's the difference between American English and British English?

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  • 11 months ago

    There are several variations, none important, in spelling and vocabulary.

    The one major grammatical difference that I notice over and over again is that Americans use the Perfect tenses (I have done / I had done) far less than British speakers do, preferring the Past simple (I did).

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    There are no grammatical differences between Standard British and Standard American English. The differences are largely a matter of some vocabulary and some spelling.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    British English is the original dialect of English. American English is a more "unnatural" form of English.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    You would need a book to list every minor difference. It is when the same word is used with different meaning that problems can arise.

    For instance, British pedestrians walk on the pavement, but American drivers drive cars etc on the pavement - when walking they do so on the sidewalk..

    Americans use "this" more than "that", Britons the other way round. In Britain the first floor in a building is the floor above the ground floor, but in the USA the first floor is the ground floor.

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  • 11 months ago

    That difference is largely a myth.Everywhere where English is spoken it is the same language as taught in the schools and in print.Sure everywhere you will find people who speak their English badly.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Pronunciation, spelling, some words.

  • 11 months ago

    Besides the accent, there are many words that mean different things. One such example is.... the word FAG in Britain means cigarette. But it means homosexual in American.

    And there are differences in spelling. Such as Americans use the word COLOR. But Britains spell the word COLOUR

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    There are many differences - in pronunciation, use of certain words, some words are peculiar to one country.

    Some of the grammar is different too.

  • Michze
    Lv 5
    11 months ago

    In the US it's Color TV, Tire. In the UK it's Colour TV, Tyre.

  • 11 months ago

    The difference is the English language IS the English language but the Americans have basically adopted it but made a right mess up of a wonderful language.

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