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    Is it possible to notice...

    When your read a text in English is it possible to notice if it was written by an American or a British person? (a text in standard English, with no slangs and local expressions).

    I'm curious about that because I can notice if a text is from Portugal or Brazil, as portuguese is my native language. I mean, it's not that Portuguese is different from one country to another (just few words are spelled in a different way) it's just that we use the same words but with a different structure of the sentence, different verb conjugation, etc.

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    Re: Is it possible to notice...

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    When you read a text in English is it possible to notice if it was written by an American or a British person? (a text in standard English, with no slang and local expressions).

    I'm curious about that because I can notice if a text is from Portugal or Brazil, as portuguese is my native language. I mean, it's not that Portuguese is different from one country to another (just few words are spelled in a different way) it's just that we use the same words but with a different structure of the sentence, different verb conjugation, etc.
    It shouldn't be noticable, but it often is.

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    Re: Is it possible to notice...

    The spelling differences are significant enough that even relatively short essays will have signs: favor/favour, color/colour, the -ise/ize endings, etc.

    There are also differences in vocabulary: lory, boot, bonnet, rug, jumper/truck, trunk, hood, blanket, sweater

    Even things like at the weekend, in High Street/on the weekend, on Main Street will be give aways.

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