There are plenty of vocabulary and grammar differences between British English (BrE) and American English (AmE). Have a look at the vocabulary and lesson below, and take the quizzes when you’re ready.
Differences in vocabulary
Here are 15 vocabulary differences between BrE and AmE, there are a LOT more, but these are the most common ones.
|block of flats||apartment building|
|car park||parking lot|
|toilet||bathroom / restroom|
Differences in expressions
Have a look at these 10 BrE expressions, and their AmE versions. Once again, many more exist but these are the most common ones.
|What time is it?||Do you have the time?|
|It’s ten to five||It’s ten of five|
|It’s ten past five||It’s ten after five|
|Brush the path||Sweep the path|
|wait in a queue||stand in line|
|satellite tv||cable tv|
|Monday to Friday||Monday thru Friday|
Differences in spelling
As well as vocabulary differences, many words are spelled differently in AmE. Have a look at these 5 BrE words, and their AmE versions. Once again, many more exist but these are the most common ones.
Differences in grammar
- Sometimes, in AmE, adjectives are used instead of adverbs:
It hurts really bad!
They played quite good.
- Also, many verbs are conjugated differently in AmE:
He learned to drive on the right, but he’s gotten used to driving on the left.
(BrE = learnt, got)
They sneaked into the building and lighted the fire.
(BrE = snuck, lit)