(PDF) Comparative Analysis of British and American English | Petra Tibenská - frikilife.comA Texan and a New Yorker are both Americans, but have very different accents. The same goes for British accents in London, Manchester and Glasgow. However, some very general distinctions can be made. The differences below are only a general rule. American speech has influenced Britain via pop culture, and vice versa. Therefore, some prepositional differences are not as pronounced as they once were.
AMERICAN vs BRITISH English **50 DIFFERENCES**
Differences between British and American English
In spoken American English, it is very common to use the simple past tense as an alternative in situations where the present perfect would usually have been used in British English. In sentences which talk about an action in the past that has an effect in the present:. In British English, collective nouns, i. In American English, collective nouns are always followed by a singular verb, so an American would usually say:. In British English, the verb have frequently functions as what is technically referred to as a delexical verb, i.