American and British English: What Are The Differences?

English learners are often confused about the difference between American and British English ...


Vocabulary Differences (U.S. - U.K)


1. cookie - biscuit

2. cart - trolley

3. diaper - nappy

4. flashlight - torch

5. face - slappy ham

6. fries - chips

7. chips - crisps

8. airplane - aeroplane

9. apartment - flat

10. busy - engaged

11. cab - taxi

12. can - tin

13. candy - sweets

14. check - bill

15. doctor's office - doctor's surgery

16. eraser - rubber

17. fall - autumn

18. soccer - football

19. movie - film

20. mail - post

21. garbage - rubbish

22. zipper - zip

23. sneakers - trainers

24. cell phone - mobile phone

25. vacation - holiday

26. gas - petrol

27. restroom - toilet

28. math - maths

29. yard - garden

30. purse - handbag

31. trailer - caravan



Spelling Differences (U.S. - U.K)


1. center - centre

2. meter - metre

3. theater - theatre

4. check - cheque

5. checker - chequer

6. analyze - analyse

7. criticize - criticise

8. color - colour

9. favorite - favourite

10. honor - honour

11. dialog - dialogue

12. catalog- catalogue

13. defense - defence

14. license - licence

15. practise - practice

16. neighbor - neighbour

17. jewelry - jewellery

18.pajamas - pyjamas

19. whiskey - whisky

20. learned - learnt

21. fulfill - fulfil

22. dreamed - dreamt

23. mustache - moustache



Grammatical Differences (U.S. - U.K)


1. take a vacation - go on holiday

2. go downtown - visit a city centre

3. take a bath - have a bath

4. set the table - lay the table

5. raise a child - bring up a child

6. get a driver's license - get a driving licence

7. I demanded that he apologize. - I demanded that he should apologise.

8. We insisted that something be done about the problem. - We insisted that something should be done about the problem.

10. You have? - Have you?

11. She isn't? - Isn't she?

12. in the hospital - in hospital

13. month/ day/ year - day/ month/ year

14. She has an interesting book. - She has got an interesting book.

15. Sam just went home. - Sam's just gone home.


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