Differences Between American English And British English

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It was said by the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw that: “England and America are two countries separated by a common language”. In fact, among certain difficulties that English learners have to confront, the difference between American English and British English are one of the most confusing. It is generally assumed, however, that none of these varieties is more “correct” than the rest one, there are only preferences in use of them according to speakers’ circumstances. In the context of this essay, I would like to focus on three major differences between these two versions of English: grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.
Generally, there are two forms of English: the written form usually used in newspapers and textbooks (also known as “standard English”) and the spoken form. Comparing the language used in media as well as in the real life in America and Britain, it is realized that the written English remains little noticeable differences while the following form varies remarkably.
First and foremost, in terms of grammatical varieties, American English and British English are mainly distinguished in the usage of the present perfect tense, the possession and the verb “get”.
- In Britain, the present perfect is the most common tense used to express an event in the recent past having an effect on the present moment and with the words: “already”, “just” and “yet” while in America, both present perfect tense and simple past tense are acceptable with this meaning and those
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