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    #1

    the equivalent of...

    Which of these statements is true:

    1) 'Elevator' is the equivalent of 'lift' in British English.
    2) 'Elevator' is the equivalent of 'lift' in American English.

    This is a grammatical question. In America people call it 'elevator' and in Britain they call it 'lift'. But grammatically speaking which of the two sentences expresses the idea correctly.

    I think '2' is correct. But is '1' wrong? Can't 'in British English' be an adjectival phrase modifying 'lift'?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 10-May-2015 at 12:57.

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    #2

    Re: the equivalent of...

    For me, they are both ambiguous.

    I would move the prepositional phrase to the beginning of the sentence.

    In British English, "lift" is the equivalent of "elevator" in American English.
    In American English, "elevator" is the equivalent of "lift" in British English.

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    #3

    Re: the equivalent of...

    I agree about the ambiguity and with Mike's suggestions. I would like to add my own.

    "Lift" is the British English equivalent of the American English "elevator".
    "Elevator" is the American English equivalent of the British English "lift".

    Or, more simply:

    An elevator in America is a lift in the UK.
    A lift in the UK is an elevator in America.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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