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USA - UK differences

What is the American and British English difference?


The American and British English difference is relatively small. For those who have been studying British English, the following will help familiarize (American spelling) you with some of the main differences.
Please note that there is no language known as "American."

American English is properly understood to be a dialect of the English Language.

With this in mind, let's look at what makes up the American and British English difference.

The following list shows general spelling differences between American and British English. From the familiar “re” of centre or theatre in British English to the “ize” of American English spelling of words like apologize or realize, these spelling differences, once learned, should not be a problem to those at the proficiency level of the language.

After all, the American and British English difference doesn't prevent usfrom understanding one another. Unless, or course, you happen to be British or American and find yourself speaking to the other. ; -)

I recommend you learn one form and stick with it. After all, both forms are accepted in all examinations as long as you are consistent.

 

BRITISH ENGLISHAMERICAN ENGLISH
adviser

analyse

apologise/apologize

axe

behaviour

catalogue

centre

cheque

colour

councillor

counsellor

defence

dialogue

favour

favourite

enrol

fulfil

grey

honour

humour

instal

jeweller

jewellery

kerb (edge of pavement)

labelled

labour

liqueur

licence

litre

marvellous

metre

neighbour

organize/organise

plough

practise (verb)

practice (noun)

programme

pyjamas

quarrelled

realise/realize

signalled

skilful

theatre

through

travelled, -lling

tyre (on a wheel)
advisor

analyze

apologize

axe/ax

behavior

catalog/catalogue

center

check

color

councilor

counselor

defense

dialog/dialogue

favor

favorite

enroll

fulfill

gray

honor

humor

install

jeweler

jewelery

curb

labeled

labor

liquor

license

liter

marvelous

meter

neighbor

organize

plow

practice (verb and noun)



program

pajamas

quarreled

realize

signaled

skillful

theater

through, thru

traveled, -ling

tire

 Apart from differences in spelling, there are certain words used by the British that are quite foreign to many Americans. In like manner, many American words are certain to cause the British to raise an eyebrow or two. That said, we can still (for the most part) understand one another.




For more information about the American and British English difference click on the preceding link. On the next page you will find the differences between American and British English vocabulary.