British – American English

These are some of the differences between British and American English:

HOSPITAL

– British speakers say ‘to/in hospital‘ without the article ‘the’: Three people were injured and taken to hospital.

– American speakers say ‘to/in the hospital‘: Three people were injured and taken to the hospital.

PLURAL NOUNS

– Nouns like government, team, family, etc can have a singular or plural verb: The team is/are playing well.

– These nouns normally take a singular verb in American English: The team is playing well.

WEEKEND

– British people say ‘at the weekend/ at weekends’

– American people say ‘on the weekend/ on weekends

STREET

– British English uses the preposition ‘in a street‘: Do you live in this street?

– American English uses the preposition on a street‘: Do you live on this street?

WRITE

– British English: write to someboy: Please write to me soon

– Amecian English: write (to) somebody (with or without to): Please write (to) me soon.

SHOWER

– British people use the expression: have a bath / have a shower

– American people use the expression: take a bath / take a shower

(source: English Grammar in Use. Cambridge)

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