If spellings had us baffled last time, then this one would be a killer.
American and British English differ greatly, even in terms of sentence structures and use of tense. What may be standard in British English might not be correct in American English.
Following are a few more differences which you should take note of.
Use of Present Perfect:
I’ve lost my key. Can you look for it?
I lost my key. Can you help me look for it?
(Americans generally avoid using present perfect tense)
Use of Already, Just and Yet
I’ve just had lunch
I’ve already seen that film
Have you finished your homework yet?
I just had lunch
I already saw that film
Have you finished your homework yet? OR Did you finish your homework yet?
Generally have and has are preferred in British English and do and does in American English. However, both are accepted in American and British English. For instance:
British – She has a beautiful home
American – She’s got a beautiful home
The verb get is also used as gotten in American English, for instance,
She has gotten used to the brutality inflicted upon her
Difference in Use of Prepositions
on the weekend
on a team
please write me soon
Monday through Friday
out the door
Children are at the School
at the weekend
in a team
please write to me soon
Monday to Friday
out of the door
Children are in the School
There are different versions of idioms in American and British English
not touch something with a ten-foot pole
sweep under the rug
knock on wood
see the forest for the trees
a home away from home
blow (or toot ) one’s horn
a drop in the bucket
Tempest in a teapot
beating a dead horse
a new lease on life
not touch something with a bargepole
sweep under the carpet
see the woods for the trees
a home from home
blow one’s trumpet
drop in the ocean
storm in a teacup
flogging a dead horse
a new lease of life
Knowing Americanisms is very useful, when creating a copy for American readers.
So remember that and will easily suffice, where additionally should have been and one will respectfully make for you.
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