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Appendix 5 American English

Appendix 5

American English



There are a few grammatical differences between British and American English:


Unit 13 In American English the past simple is often used to give new

information or to announce a recent happening:

- I lost my key. Can you help me look for it?


The past simple is used with just and already:

- I'm not hungry. I just had lunch.

- `Don't forget to post the letter.' `I already posted it.'


Unit 15b Americans use the past simple with yet:

- I didn't tell them about the accident yet.


Unit 24a In American English the forms I have / I don't have / do you

have? are more usual than `I've got / I haven't got / have you


- We have a new car.

- Do you have any change?


Unit 35b Americans often use the infinitive (without to) in structures

with insist/suggest etc.:

- They insisted that we have dinner with them.

- Jim suggested that I buy a car.

This structure is also used in British English.


Unit 75a Americans say `the hospital':

- The injured man was taken to the hospital.


Unit 104d Americans say `on a team':

- He's the best player on the team.


Unit 108a Quite is not often used with this meaning in American English.

In American English quite usually means `completely' as in

section c.


Unit 114d Americans say `on the week-end / on week-ends'.


Unit 124 In American English `different than' is also possible.

`Different to' is not used.


Unit 127 Americans say write someone (without to):

- Please write me soon and tell me how you are.


Appendix 2.2 These verbs (burn, learn etc.) are normally regular in

American English: burned, learned etc.


Appendix 2.4 The past participle of get is gotten in American English:

- Your English has gotten much better since I last saw you.


Appendix 3.5,Note the American spelling of these words:

traveling, traveled canceling, canceled

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