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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #22566: British English/American English
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    British English/American English



    British English vs. American English


    I) A few spelling rules

    -OUR => -OR

      (-OUR)   (-OR)
    colour color
    favourite favorite
    honour honor

    -SE => -ZE:

    (-SE)   (-ZE)
    analyse analyze
    criticise criticize
    memorise memorize


    -L => -LL

      (-L)   (-LL)
    enrolment enrollment
    fulfil fulfill
    skilful skillful


    -RE => -ER:

      (-RE)   (-ER)
    centre center
    metre meter
    theatre theater



    -OGUE => -OG:

      (-OGUE)   (-OG)
    analogue analog
    catalogue catalog
    dialogue dialog



    -AE => -E-:

      (-AE-)   (-E-)
    encyclopaedia encyclopedia
    manoeuvre maneuver
    mediaeval medieval



    -QUE => -CK:

      (-QUE)   (-CK)
    cheque check
    chequer checker



    -GE- => -G-:

      (-GE-)   (-G-)
    ageing aging
    arguement argument
    judgement judgment


    -ENCE => -ENSE:

      (-ENCE)   (-ENSE)
    defence defense
    licence license


    II) VERBS ENDING IN : VOWEL + L
    When you add something (for example -ING):
    In British English: 'll'
    In American English: 'll' only if the stress is on the second syllable.

    INFINITIVE British English American English
    counsel counselling counseling
    equal equalling equaling
    model modelling modeling
    quarrel  quarrelling quarreling
    signal signalling signaling
    travel travelling traveling
    excel excelling excelling
    propel propelling propelling




    III) A FEW DIFFERENT WORDS

    British English American English
    Torch Flashlight
    Petrol Gas
    Football Soccer
    Biscuit Cookie
    Nappy
    (on a baby)
    Diaper
    (on a baby)
    Tin
    (of food)
    Can
    (of food)
    Lift Elevator
    Lorry Truck
    Bonnet
    (of a car)
    Hood
    (of a car)
    Boot
    (of a car)
    Trunk
    (of a car)
    Rubber Eraser
    jewelleryjewelry
    draught draft
    pyjamas pajamas
    ploughplow
    programmeprogram
    tyretire


    And...


    British English
    American English
    aluminiumaluminum
    an aerialan antenna
    a flatan apartment
    a liftan elevator
    an auberginean egg-plant
    autumnautumn / fall
    a motorwaya highway
    a dodgema bumper-car
    candy flosscotton candy
    a biscuita cookie
    a tina can
    a pair of bracesa pair of suspenders
    a puba bar
    a lorrya truck
    a cinemaa movie theater
    the cinemathe movies
    a trampa bum
    the bootthe trunk
    to be angry withto be mad at / to be angry with
    a courgettea zucchini
    a cooker = an ovenan oven
    a CVa rsum
    a pudding = a sweeta dessert
    rubbishgarbage
    a dustmana garbage collector
    petrolgas(oline)
    a postmana mailman
    a filma movie = a film
    mad = crazycrazy
    a waistcoata vest
    mummom
    a merry-go-rounda carousel
    trouserspants
    a carparka parking lot
    a chemist's shopa pharmacy = a drugstore
    a dust bina garbage can
    a robea dressing-gown
    a mobile phonea cell phone = a mobile phone
    a dummya pacifier
    a vestan undershirt
    a pavementa sidewalk
    a holiday = holidaysa vacation





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    UK -> US:
    catalogue ->

    disaster ->

    centre ->

    analyse ->

    cheque ->




    US -> UK:
    traveling ->

    draft ->

    program ->

    tire ->

    wonderful ->









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