Even though American English and British English are both English, there are several differences between the two. The good news is that these differences usually do not have an impact on how well we understand each other, as long as the speaker does not speak too quickly.
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This article will discuss common differences between the two languages, including the following:
Examples of pronunciation differences between American English and British English
First of all, let me begin by saying that there are lots of different accents in both American and British English. An accent can identify the region of the country in which a person comes from; a well-educated person versus a person with limited education, and the person’s native language if they speak English as a second language, just to name a few.
For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing some of the common differences between Standard American English and Received Pronunciation, which is also called The Queen’s English. These are the accents you would hear news broadcasters use.
Examples of grammar differences between American English and British English
British English speakers use some tenses differently than American speakers and sometimes use different words to express actions. Let’s look at a few differences between how British speakers and American English speakers form sentences.
|For example:||American speaker: I dropped my keys. 0000000||British speakers: I have dropped my keys.|
|American speaker: I went to work on Monday.||British speaker: I have gone to work on Monday.
American speaker: I will go on vacation 000000
|British speaker: I shall go on vacation tomorrow.|
American speaker: Should I go pick up your 000
|British speaker: Shall I go pick up your brother?|
American speaker: I have the answer or
I’ve got the answer.
|British speaker: I’ve got the answer.|
|Asking a question with possession||American speaker: Do you have a new car?||British speaker: Have you got a new car?|
Vocabulary differences between British English speakers and American English speakers
Just as speakers from different parts of a country can have different names for objects, the same is true for British and American English speakers. Let’s take a look at a few common vocabulary differences.
|For example:||American speaker: My groceries are in the trunk.0000||British speaker: My groceries are in the boot.|
|For example:||American speaker: John just moved into a beautiful apartment.||British speaker: John just moved into a beautiful flat.|
|For example:||American speaker: The girl’s underwear is showing through her dress.||British speaker: The girl’s knickers are showing through her dress.|
|For example:||American speaker: I’ll be on vacation all next week.||British speaker: I’ll be on holiday all next week.|
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