DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BRITISH ENGLISH
British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom. It includes all English dialects used in the UK;
American English is the form of English used in the United States. It includes all English dialects used in the US.
Between the various differences there are lexical differences: sometimes there are words that means the same concept, sometimes, instead, there are words that means different things, for example:
|Ground Floor||First Floor||Pianterreno|
There are cases when the British English requieres the use of present perfect but American English use past simple:
BrE: He’s just gone home;
AmE: He just went home.
“Have got” (BrE) vs. “Have” (AmE)
To indicate have/possession English people use “have got”, while in American English it’s more frequent “have”:
BrE: Have you got a laptop?;
AmE: Do you have a laptop?
“Got” (BrE) vs. “gotten” (AmE)
In American English the past participle of “get” becomes “gotten”, while in British English is “got”:
BrE: I’ve never really got to know him;
AmE: I’ve never really gotten to know him.
The use of subjunctive is more common in American English:
BrE: It’s essential that they should be warned;
AmE: It’s essential that they be warned.
In American English the letter -L in unstressed syllable followed by ending, don’t doubles:
AmE: traveler, leveling;
BrE: traveller, levelling.
Some words that in British English finish in -tre, -our, -ogue, -ise, in American English finish in -ter, -or, -og, -ize:
BrE: centre, colour, catalogue, realise;
AmE: center, color, catalog, realize.