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British and American English; these two varieties of English are very similar. However, there are a few differences of grammar and spelling, and rather more differences of vocabulary and idiom. Anyhow, modern British English is heavily influenced by American English. So, some of the contrasts are disappearing. The following is the example of differences;


American English

British English

SPELLING

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aluminum

analyze

catalog

center

check

color

defense

honor

jewelry

labor

pajamas

paralyze

practice

program

realize

theater

tire

traveler

whiskey

welcome

Aluminium

Analyse

Catalogue

Centre

Cheque

Colour

Defence

Honour

Jewellery

Labour

Pyjamas

Paralyse

Practise

Programme

Realise

Theatre

Tyre

Traveller

Whisky

Wellcome

VOCABULARY

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airplane

anyplace

apartment

area code

attorney

lawyer

busy

cab

call collect

can

candy

check

coin-purse

cookie, cracker

corn

crib

crazy

cuffs

diaper

doctor’s office

dumb

elevator

eraser

fall

faucet

first floor

second floor

flashlight

flat tire

french fries

garbage, trash

garbage can

gasoline

gear shift

highway, freeway

hood

intersection

mad

mail

mean

movie

one-way ticket

pants

pavement

pitcher

potato chips

railroad

raise

rest room

round trip

schedule

sidewalk

sneakers

stand in line

stingy

store

subway

truck

trunk

two weeks

vacation

windshield

zee

zipper

aeroplane

anywhere

flat

dialing code

barrister

solicitor

engaged (phone)

taxi

reverse the charge

tin

sweet

bill

purse

biscuit

sweet corn, maize

cot

mad

turn-ups

nappy

doctor’s surgery

stupid

lift

rubber

autumn

tap

ground floor

first floor

torch

puncture

chips

rubbish

dustbin

petrol

gear level

main road, motor way

bonnet (on a car)

crossroads

angry

post

nasty

film

single ticket

trousers

road surface

jug

crisps

railway

rise (in salary)

public toilet

return journey (ticket)

time table

pavement

trainers

queue

mean (op of generous)

shop

underground

van, lorry

boot (of a car)

fortnight

holiday

windscreen

zed (letter “z”)

zip

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