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    Default English and American

    Hey guys!
    I am doing a school project about British and American English that's why I need you help.it's not so hard you should only choose one word from each pair.
    I hope it will be interesting for you too.

    "PS
    And could you write the country that you are from, please?
    Thanks in advance.

    Choose please a word from each pair that you use more often

    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage
    biscuit - cookie
    couch - sofa
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers
    reserve - book
    lorry - track
    hoover - vacuum cleaner
    shop - store
    shedule - timetable
    shorts - briefs
    line - queue
    moovie - film
    chips - crisps
    railway - railroad
    undergroun - subway

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    Default Re: English and American

    Quote Originally Posted by legyspauk View Post
    Hey guys!
    I am doing a school project about British and American English that's why I need you help.it's not so hard you should only choose one word from each pair.
    I hope it will be interesting for you too.

    "PS
    And could you write the country that you are from, please?
    Thanks in advance.

    Choose please a word from each pair that you use more often

    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage
    biscuit - cookie
    couch - sofa
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers
    reserve - book
    lorry - track
    hoover - vacuum cleaner
    shop - store
    shedule - timetable
    shorts - briefs
    line - queue
    moovie - film
    chips - crisps
    railway - railroad
    undergroun - subway


    In the case of last pair, both are used In BrE, with different meanings.

    ***not a teacher*** Iran

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    Default Re: English and American

    You wrote some of them wrong, I fixed them.
    American red, British blue, both green.
    Quote Originally Posted by legyspauk View Post
    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage
    biscuit - cookie (but different meanings)
    couch - sofa (but different meanings)
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers (but different meaninsg)
    reserve - book
    lorry - truck
    hoover - vacuum cleaner (hoover is usually a brand, verb is British)
    shop - store (American more often store)
    schedule - timetable
    shorts - briefs (can be used differently)
    line - queue (can be used in AmE when referring to a virtual queue)
    movie - film (movie is American, film is colloquial in BrE and formal in American)
    chips (different meaning)- crisps
    railway - railroad
    underground - subway(different meaning)
    The differences are not that clear cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legyspauk View Post
    Hey guys!
    I am doing a school project about British and American English that's why I need you help.it's not so hard you should only choose one word from each pair.
    I hope it will be interesting for you too.

    "PS
    And could you write the country that you are from, please?
    Thanks in advance.

    Choose please a word from each pair that you use more often

    apartment - flat (apartment 100%)
    Baggage - luggage (luggage 75%)
    biscuit - cookie (cookie 100%)
    couch - sofa (sofa 60%)
    elevator - lift ( elevator 100%)
    autumn - fall (50% each)
    mail - post (mail 100%)
    pants -trousers (pants 100 %)
    reserve - book (reserve 90%)
    lorry - track (Did you mean "truck"? If so, truck 100%)
    hoover - vacuum cleaner (vacuum cleaner 100% unless I am referring to the brand)
    shop - store (store 99%)
    schedule - timetable (schedule 99%)
    shorts - briefs (underwear; I consder "shorts" outerwear unless referred to facetiously or context might influence my choice. Briefs are a type of underwear.)
    line - queue (line 99%)
    moovie - film (movie 100%)
    chips - crisps (chips 100%)
    railway - railroad (depends on context)
    underground - subway (subway 100%)
    AmE/USA

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    I am a speaker of BrE, in his mid sixties,

    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage (though I think 'baggage' is creeping in for me)
    biscuit - cookie
    couch - sofa : I think I use 'couch' more.
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers : I wear pants under my trousers.
    reserve - book : I reserve a table in a restaurant, book a flight.
    lorry - truck
    hoover - vacuum cleaner : both
    shop - store : except when I go to a department store.
    schedule - timetable : I use both, with slightly different meanings.
    shorts - briefs : I use both, with slightly different meanings.
    line - queue
    movie - film
    chips = fried potatoes - crisps = crunchy things in a bag.
    railway - railroad
    underground = train - subway = pedestrian underpass.

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    apartment
    luggage
    biscuit - cookie: mean two different things
    couch - sofa: synonyms
    elevator
    fall
    mail
    pants
    reserve - book: synonyms
    truck
    vacuum cleaner
    shop - store: subtly different meanings, "store" being a place where you buy goods and "shop" implying somewhere where they make goods
    schedule - timetable: synonyms
    shorts - briefs: different meanings, "shorts" are outerwear and "briefs" are a type of underwear
    line
    movie - film: synonyms, with the latter being a fancier word
    chips
    railroad
    subway

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    Also note that ˈʃɛdjuːl in BE andˈskɛdʒʊəl in AmE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I am a speaker of BrE, in his mid sixties,

    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage (though I think 'baggage' is creeping in for me)
    biscuit - cookie
    couch - sofa : I think I use 'couch' more.
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers : I wear pants under my trousers.
    reserve - book : I reserve a table in a restaurant, book a flight.
    lorry - truck
    hoover - vacuum cleaner : both
    shop - store : except when I go to a department store.
    schedule - timetable : I use both, with slightly different meanings.
    shorts - briefs : I use both, with slightly different meanings.
    line - queue
    movie - film
    chips = fried potatoes - crisps = crunchy things in a bag.
    railway - railroad
    underground = train - subway = pedestrian underpass.
    I use both movie and film, apartment and flat, and the rest that same as Fivejedjon. I also use settee rather than couch/sofa, but do use sofa sometimes.(BrE speaker)

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    Quote Originally Posted by legyspauk View Post
    Hey guys!

    "PS
    And could you write the country that you are from, please?
    Thanks in advance.

    Choose please a word from each pair that you use more often

    apartment - flat
    Baggage - luggage
    biscuit - cookie
    couch - sofa
    elevator - lift
    autumn - fall
    mail - post
    pants -trousers
    reserve - book
    lorry - truck
    hoover - vacuum cleaner
    shop - store
    shedule - timetable
    shorts - briefs
    line - queue
    moovie - film
    chips - crisps
    railway - railroad
    underground - subway
    From South Africa originally but have lived over 25 years in Italy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I use both movie and film, apartment and flat,[...] I also use settee rather than couch/sofa, but do use sofa sometimes.(BrE speaker)
    After thinking about it, I have realised that I probably do use movie and apartment occasionally, too. I also use settee, but less often than the other two.

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