Let’s look at the most prominent differences:
Some words are used in both American and British English, but their meanings are different. For instance, if you mean the British version of the word, you wouldn’t want to call an American house homely (meaning bland or ugly in American English) while meaning to say it is cosy and comfortable.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re referring to the right football, depending on where you are. Football is the name given to the sport in which a black-and-white ball is kicked around a field in Europe and the rest of the world (Americans call this soccer). Football, on the other hand, is a very different sport in the United States, in which players throw an oval-shaped ball with laces.
Since they entered the English language from the word’s initial French origins and did not get revised spelling in early American history, words like “color” and “favorite” in American English are spelled “colour” and “favourite” in other parts of the world, such as Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Other variations in spelling include American English’s inclination to end words with -ize rather than the British -ise. In British English, the -er endings of words like theater and center are reversed (theatre and centre).
Apart from spelling and vocabulary, there are some grammar differences between British and American English.
– Collective nouns, for example, are singular in American English (e.g. The team is playing). Collective nouns in British English may be singular or plural, but the plural form is more commonly used (e.g. The team are playing).
– The British often use more formal language, such as ‘shall,’ while Americans use more informal language, such as ‘will’ or ‘should.’
– Americans still use ‘gotten’ as the past participle of ‘get,’ a word that the British have long discarded in favour of ‘got.’
– The term “needn’t,” which is commonly used in British English, is seldomly used in American English. The phrase ‘doesn’t have to’ has replaced it.
Another difference between Americans and Brits is how they format dates. Days in the United States are written as month-day-year. As a result, April 6, 2021 will be 4/6/2021. In the United Kingdom, dates are written day-month-year, so the same date will be 6/4/2021.