U.K. vs American English

Most of the jobs I am getting seem to be because I know the difference between American and U.K. English. There are different ways of talking and spelling that people do not realize, even the punctuation rules are different. I’m going to summarize a few of the most basic differences;

      1. Last letter of the alphabet in England it is pronounced ‘zed‘; in the U.S. ‘zee
      2. In England punctuation goes outside the quotation marks (i.e.: ” I kept thinking of you”, Ayla said.); in the U.S punctuation goes inside the quotation marks (ie:  “I kept thinking of you,” Ayla said.)
      3. In England the past tense of many verbs uses the irregular form of ‘t’, though the standard form of ‘ed’ is commonly used. In the U.S. the past tense of most verbs uses the standard ‘ed’ ending, exceptions include burnt and leapt. (ie: leapt/leaped, burned/burnt, smellt/smelled, spillt/spilled)

Other common past tense items are;
saw – sawn (U.K) and sawed (U.S)
got – got (U.K.) and gotten (U.S)

        1. Shall and shan’t are common in the U.K. But rarely used in the U.S. they prefer will and won’t
        2. In the U.K. river comes before the name (ie: the river Thames); in the U.S. river usually comes after the name (ie: Mississippi river)
        3. In the U.K. the punctuation at the end of a sentence is a ‘full stop‘; in the U.S the punctuation at the end of a sentence is a ‘period’

Maybe next time I will cover the slang, different spellings, or different names for the same things.

April Carvelli


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  1. Pingback: Americanisms v Britishisms « Dave Farmer

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