Main difference between British and American English

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EIL. Differences between American and British English
Differences between british and American english
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Main difference between British and American English.

  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation


  • The main difference is that British English keeps the spelling of words it has absorbed from other languages , mainly French and German. Whilst American English spellings are based mostly on how the word sounds when it is spoken.


  • The lists below provide some examples of vocabulary differences between British English and American English. The words under the heading “British English’’ are used mainly in British English , the words under the heading “American English” are used mainly in American English.


  • The British are also more likely to use formal speech , such as “shall”, whereas Americans favour the more informal “will” or “should”.
  • Americans, however , continue to use “gotten” as the past participle of “get” which the British have long since dropped in favour of “got”.

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