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    British or American english

    I notice there are a lot of words that are similar to American
    for example "colour" in Britain and "color" in American.which one do you prefer ? that's why I'm always confused when using this word. but I think only particular words that change. am I right.? and how to identify between British and American english please correct me!

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    Re: British or American english

    Here's a fairly comprehensive list: American and British English spelling differences - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    However, it doesn't really matter which system you use- do you write color or colour?

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    Re: British or American english

    thanks for the link I learn a lot there. just a bit difference how to distinguish between British and American

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    Re: British or American english

    The most obvious spelling differences are our/or (colour/color), gue/g (analogue/analog) and ll/l (traveller/traveler)

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    Re: British or American english

    Noah Webster made a personal decision to re-interpret the British grammarians and create his own version of the written language but how you spell it makes not much difference, it always means the same. These differences are acknowledged by comparison between The Oxford and Merriam Webster dictionaries. The phonetic balance is dictated by elocutionary practices.

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    Re: British or American english

    Most dictionaries give you a reference whether the spelling used is American (AE) or British (RP).

    I also think it doesn't really matter which spelling you use. What does matter, though, is that once you have decided on one kind of spelling you should stick to it at all times. Don't use AE and RP in the same text or even sentence. But there is no version that is "more correct".

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    Re: British or American english

    Isn't it that the original proponents of the English language are the British people?

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    Re: British or American english

    Quote Originally Posted by broadway121004 View Post
    Isn't it that the original proponents of the English language are the British people?
    ...which is probably why British English spellings are longer and American spellings shorter, and simpler:

    color
    colour

    analog, catalog, dialog, monolog
    analogue, catalogue, dialogue, monologue

    bank, check, and checker
    banque, cheque, and chequer

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    Re: British or American english

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    ...which is probably why British English spellings are longer and American spellings shorter, and simpler:

    color
    colour

    analog, catalog, dialog, monolog
    analogue, catalogue, dialogue, monologue

    bank, check, and checker
    banque, cheque, and chequer
    Older means longer here, like with earthworms?

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    Re: British or American english

    Agree!

    But spelling is not only the case.

    There are British words which are synonimous with the Americans.

    Like: Flat (British) and Apartment (American)
    Biscuit (British) and Cookie (American)
    Lift (British) and Elevator (American)


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