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    Could you list the major differences in grammar between British English and American English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    Could you list the major differences in grammar between British English and American English?
    First one that comes to my mind is: present perfect use. When BrE speaker uses Present perfect in sentence like: I've lost my ring. Can you help me to find it? AmericanEn would sound like: I lost my ring....
    So: American: Past Simple - BrE Present Perfect.

    Second: Have got vs. Have
    Suppose you want to ask s1 if s\he posses a car:
    1. Do you have a car?
    2. Have you got a car?
    And here is a difference. Both sentences are correct, but American English is rather like 1 (do you have) and British English "got" (have you got"

    Easy-to-notice spelling differences. Eg. center (AmE) - centre (BrE), Different forms of irregular verbs: travel ->into past-> traveled (AmE) travelled (BrE). [AmericanE is a little bit more simplified)
    Moreover: how do you call it- differences in naming things: American English - hood British English - bonnet AmE - trunk BrE - boot or truck vs. lorry

    And spelling: Words ending in -or (American) -our (British) color, colour, humor, humour, flavor, flavour...
    Words ending in -ize (American) -ise (British) recognize, recognise, patronize, patronise and so on and so fourth.

    That is not all differences. But I don't have time to write about all of them right now

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    Default Re: american english and british english

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    Could you list the major differences in grammar between British English and American English?
    You could also look at these:

    American English
    Differences Between American and British English
    American vs. British Grammar

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