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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
It is acceptable to use both American English and British English grammar rules in your communication.

__________ English is changing and many people are now using standard ________ English grammar without realising it.

Which sentence is correct in American English?

American English is easier than British English.

Which sentence expresses the form of the date most commonly used in American English?

You finished your essay 5 minutes ago.
Which sentence is best to describe this in British English?

"I burnt my finger on the stove."
Is this sentence American or British English?


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129 Comments on “American English & British English – 8 Grammar Differences”


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Hey friends! There is a small mistake in this lesson at 2:28. There is a correction on the board, but in case you missed it, the correct sentence is "The government HAS cut spending." The rule is correct — "has" is the singular form of the verb, which is usually used for collective nouns in American English. Sorry for the confusion.

Friday, March 21st 2014

    Yes, I’ve got it. thanks. I had a lot of confusions, but now it’s clear.

    Monday, April 7th 2014

    That’s what I wanted to comment.

    Sunday, February 28th 2016

Thanks for the lesson! but don’t you think that in the difference 1, the singular form of the verb should be “HAS” not “HAVE”. I also noticed a moment of hesitation when you realized that it should be HAS but you moved on :)
I also think that for collective nouns there is no difference between British or American English, it is about the meaning of the word.

Friday, March 21st 2014

    Yes, you’re right. There is a correction on-screen. Please see my note at the top of the comment thread. However, the rule is pretty strong. In the US, there is a very strong preference for the singular form.

    Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thanks, Jade.
It’s very useful.
Btw, I want to know ‘irrigating system’ and ‘irrigation system’ which one is correct?

Friday, March 21st 2014

I LIKE IT

Friday, March 21st 2014

Hi Jade, I love each class that you give us, sometimes I use this web site for improve my English because I love English British
hhttp://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
Let me know you¿ suggestion, I consider that you are my best teacher

Friday, March 21st 2014

    It´s : I love british english

    Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Thank you.

I know that “gotten” was used by British people hundreds of years ago, and I even read a book – “What not to Write” where the author mentioned that Shakespeare used “gotten”. I think that people in the UK don’t read poems created by Shakespeare. This is just an old-fashioned British word which is still used by Americans.
I hope that you will make similar lesson because you didn’t mention about differences in the punctuation in both varieties of English.

Friday, March 21st 2014

    I also notice that the word “forgotten” can be used as the past participle in British English. Unfortunately, they stopped to use “gotten” which is similar in this case.

    Friday, March 21st 2014

many thanks You’re gorgeous

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    I bet you are out of the learning range.

    Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thanks Jade. I had got 6 correct answers out of seven

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thank you mam.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

I got 3 correct out of 7 :( I was really confused. I will review. Thank you, Jade :)

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Which sentence is correct ? and why?
you should set quietly and respect
or
you should set quietly and respectly

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    Hi Rosmarry! sorry that your both sentences are incorrect.the correct sentence is”You should sit quietly and respectfully” there are two adverbs in this sentences,”quietly” and “respectfully.”

    Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Hi i have some doubts in English listening …
i can read and understand English easily , but i can’t understand while listening to BBC news or NDTV English news channels … i feel some dificulties in that … could you help me plz??

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    Hi Gopinath.u can’t understand native speakers of english, their speaking sound is ofcourse strange for u.so u must listen to them all the time,no matter if u can’t get their english in first.but with the passage of time u will easily get to understand what they r talking about.SO listen listen and listen…

    Tuesday, March 25th 2014

      Thank you Shakir …
      I’ll try to listen … ,

      Tuesday, March 25th 2014

    i used to have the same problem, when i started watching BBC news. but now i don’t face such any such problems. one just needs to keep listening to the native speakers. you will be able to catch their accent soon enough. watch news on a regular basis but don’t watch CNN and BBC simultaneously. Shakir is right!

    Saturday, April 5th 2014

Great lesson I was ever searching for…thank you so much Jade.your lessons help me 24/7. :))
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Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Hi everybody.
Fortunately Jade hasn’t talked about the differences of “to forget”…!
Have a nice day.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thank you

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Good lesson!

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

very interesting lesson. thanks

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thanks got 43%.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

I have just realised that I’ve been using a British English the whole time.
Thanks Ms. Jade for this another wonderful lesson, by the way.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Very strange pronunciation..sounds not so good, sorry.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    If you dislike this way of pronunciation you may study chinese! You have to listen carefully and to understand , not to judge her, because English has to be one from England.
    Good Lesson DEAR JADE!!!!!!
    I liked lesson so much, British accent is Excellent and perfect! In UK People speak like this! I don’t know the other way of pronunciation.

    Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    dear alex,
    this is the original english. others are variations of it. so you have no choice, but to get used to it.

    Thursday, April 10th 2014

I look forward to hearing James lesson! James, where are you? Wake up, Man!

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Very nice lecture. Cheers!

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thank you for the lesson! It is always difficult for me to be consistent with either American or British English, I just realised I always mix them up. I thought the differences are only on the vocabulary.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thanks Jade. I got 5.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

6/7. Anyway I thought that American English was more easy, more direct than English English, and not a variety of English.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Thanks,very useful :)

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Hi Jade
Could we have some downloadable sheets about the American and English grammar differences on the Resources? It is certainly very important and useful!
Thank you very much for the video.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

I really enjoy watching you Jade, you’re so gorgeous, and I like your accent.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Thanks teacher

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

a lovely blouse) Thank You for lesson!

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Thank you for your lesson.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

THANKS JADE

Monday, March 24th 2014

I always thought (due to studying of all versions of English for many years) that American English is obviously easier than British English. So why do the 4th question have the opposite meaning in its answer?

Monday, March 24th 2014

    Oops, I have the same mistake as in the video :)

    So why does…

    Monday, March 24th 2014

Thanks for an informative lesson. But I can’t agree (and neither can Oxford Online Dictionary together with some English native speakers I consulted)that “smell” & “leap” are only used in -ed form in British English…
And it’s really true that American English (conversational)grammar and spelling are quite easier for most foreign learners cos’ they’re simplified/more primitive

Monday, March 24th 2014

Thank you Jade. You made a good lesson.

Monday, March 24th 2014

Many thanks Jade for making that video so we can understand some differences between American and British English. Personally I prefer American to British English, since I was child I started learning American English and I’m used to the grammar and the sounds as well. But let me tell you that in institutes, and even in some universities, there’s no a standard way of teaching English, teachers sometimes mix American and British, which personally I find it badly, cause as you said if we learn American English and there’s some rule of British English that we find it much easier than American,it’s good to know it but we should not use it if we’re learning American English or vice versa.
well let me take advantage of this lesson to ask you a question: verbs such as like, hate, dislike,prefer and a few more… I know we can use them followed by to+ infinitive form or by gerunds, but which rule is for American English. For example if I said: she likes to hang out with her friends or she likes hanging out with her friends in that case which one would be American English.
Thanks in advance

Monday, March 24th 2014

Hi Jade.
Can i use british & american english together?
I mean some words with american eng. and the other ones with british..is it weird?

Monday, March 24th 2014

    Hi Dommie!ofcourse u can use brit: & amer: english together.but it would be a lil strange.so u should concentrate on 1 of them which is easier for u to speak.

    Monday, March 24th 2014

      Ok, american is easier for me. Thank you:)

      Tuesday, March 25th 2014

        Oh, yes I m agree Dommie jan

        Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Thanks very much jade

Monday, March 24th 2014

Hey Jade, love your accent! Now sounds me familiar and I can understand what you say!!!

Monday, March 24th 2014

thanks you very much for your teaching ,teacher Jade . I caught it very well

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Jade! You’re here now! I’ve been watching your YouTube channel for a long time now and I love them.

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

thank you and appreciate

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Thank you, Jade!

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

I love it thank you jade

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Hello moderator! Why isn’t my comment yet approved?

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

    Nice :( All you could do is just to remove it. “Thank you” for being “kind”…

    Thursday, March 27th 2014

wow I got too.

Thursday, March 27th 2014

thank u jade

Thursday, March 27th 2014

My comment disappeared if I hadn’t dreamt of writing here.

Saturday, March 29th 2014

    I misplaced my comment, so the error is mine.

    Thumb up for the lesson. Excellent!

    Sunday, March 30th 2014

Thanks, Jade.

Monday, March 31st 2014

Hi Jade!
You speak so fast!
Please reduce the speed of your speaking to understand better.
Thanks

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Thanks, Jade

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

can you help my incident

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

    can you do that for me please

    Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

thanks

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Thank you very much, Jade!

Friday, April 4th 2014

HEY FRIENDS..HELP ME TO IMPROVE MY ENGLISH…9544972663

Sunday, April 6th 2014

Hello dear Ronnie
I hope everything goes well around you. Thank you sooo much because of the great lessons!
May you please guide us to follow a good method for learning english (self study) in one of your videos??
You know whenever I’m going to start studying and learning it , I see I
have a load of books , a lot of lessons , different sources and they make me totally confused!!!
and at last I leave it and at the moment I’m really dissapointed :( please help me!!!
Regards

Monday, April 7th 2014

I have a question about rule 6:
“I’ve to go” and “I’ve a car” are right?
I mean, is it mandatory to use “got”?
Please, answer the question for both, American and British English.
Thanks and regards.

Monday, April 7th 2014

Thanks Jade. This lesson has cleared to me a lot of dobuts. Always, I’ve thought that American English is easier, but it is probably because I’ve got more contact with this one.
I’ve started to study B. English recently, and for this, your lesson was pretty useful.
Thanks again.

Monday, April 7th 2014

i got 6 questions correct, out of 7. the only one wrong being, “american english is easier than british english. yes or no.. “. i answered, ‘yes’, but it marked me wrong. why?

Monday, April 7th 2014

Thank you so much…. :)
Love all your lesson!Very useful for my upcoming exam on EILTS.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Thank!

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Hi Jade,
thanks a lot for your helpful lesson.
You’re a great teacher, but I must concentrate very mutch to catch everything :)
take care

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Thank you ..
I prefer american English ..

Saturday, April 12th 2014

Hello Jade, I used to watch your classes on youtube but today I have registered here and feeling happy about it.
Thank you very much :)

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

ı lıked that , thanks jade:)

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Thank you.
I hope that you will prepare a lesson about differences in the punctuation in British and American English.

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

6/7 :D

Sunday, May 11th 2014

Thanks jade i liked your teaching it’s really helpful.my regards to you.

Sunday, May 11th 2014

hey jade how are you can’t speak english properly can you learn me how we speak english
i will wait your reply

Sunday, June 1st 2014

I also prefer American English.
thanks your lesson.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

My goal is speak English with a British accent. American English has been more accessible than British English for decades, but with the internet, there is no excuse to learn it. Thank you so much, Jade!

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

I love it British accent and prefer than American. I hope so…

Thursday, July 31st 2014

Fulfilling lesson, thanks Jade

Friday, August 1st 2014

hi jade.
this lesson is very difficult for me.
i will tray again soon.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

thank you.

Thursday, August 7th 2014

thank you.

now i understanding amercan english and british english.

Sunday, August 10th 2014

Hello Jade, Thank you for your usefull lesson. In the third minute of it you are telling about your “controversial” video in which …
You “dare” to compare British and American variants of English .
I liked this funny episode, but I can’t find it in the Internet now. Have you deleted this video? That’s bad if it is so. Or may be someone can give me the link to it?
Thank you.

Thursday, August 14th 2014

so thanks but still dont understand :((((

Friday, August 15th 2014

hi thank you so much you are the best my teacher good luck

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

i’ve got05/07

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Thanks Jade

Saturday, September 6th 2014

hi
thnak,
i have question about accent that make me confused i try to learn english for i want to work in customer service career so i learn english but i’m alawys confuse about accent just i want learn eng accent that help me to communicat waith any person who speaking native eglish Birtsh or American
what shell i do ? and what is salng ?
and thank you alot :)

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Hi Jade, thanks for your time. I have been a fan of British “telly” for years, I’ve always wanted to know how they can get away with saying “We are stood on it” mixing tenses…(heard on every Time Team episode)– oh and btw many of the grammar examples you used as differences above I’ve never heard in the US. Meaning, I’ve always heard what you are calling the British English version. Maybe it’s because I am from the South. Thanks again, Kelly.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

:)

Wednesday, October 29th 2014

Hello Jade! Because I am in the Philippines, I am exposed to both American and British English. It is the reason why I tend to mix these variety of English. Well, I just realize that I should not put them altogether. I also think that it is the reason why I am not confident and I find it difficult speaking in English. Thank you this video!

Thursday, October 30th 2014

thanks jade

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Thank you, Jade! I think i have to review the video to reassure certain points…

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

I’ve just finished this course. I’d like to give you a thumb up, but I don’t find the button. Thanks for your courses.

Sunday, December 7th 2014

I love your big hug, Jade.
See you soon in next lessons.
By the way, thank you for your wonderful lesson.
I’ve been using them in mixing between these two English all the time.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

It’s very intresting. Thank you

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Great lesson, Jade.

As I love this language I make a great effort to
learn both the way they are, and whatsmore, if I
am talking to a British person or an American person I try to speak as they do.

But, Jade, I’ve heard some British people saying that Americans don’t speake English,
they speak American.

As long as I can speak correctly ( I try to)
both ways it’s okay by me.

Saturday, January 17th 2015

jade how about Tortoise & hare on your youtube?

Monday, February 16th 2015

Great lesson.Clear accent.I enjoy watching your videos teacher.You are a great teacher.Thanks for the video.

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

I have answered 7 out of 8.

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

I would like to ask you about the subjunctive in the British English you said that it’s commonly used the verbs which ends with -t instead of -ed so why it was written (rented) in the second pattern of the subjunctive in the British English?
also I would like to ask you about the collective nouns at the beginning of the lesson you said that in the American English we use a singular verb after it so why did you put it in the plural way in the sentence the government have cut spending why not has if we use the singular verb after it? Thanks in advance and please reply to learn more :)

Friday, April 24th 2015

I just have learned something new about English grammar.
Thank you, Teacher.

Thursday, June 11th 2015

thanks Jade

Sunday, June 21st 2015

I’ve also noticed that the past form of the verb TO TRAVEL is TRAVELLED in British English and TRAVELED in American English.

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Great lesson! I really enjoyed this lesson. Thank you Jade! :)

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

Yes I’ve got something from this lesson Jade..
anyway you’ve found that 8 diff between American English And English English.. .
English English this is I caught from you…

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015

Jade, love you and your classes

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Hello dear Jade!
You English is posh and I really love it. I love British English most.

Saturday, November 28th 2015

Very interesting lesson.Thanks!

Monday, December 28th 2015

5/7 :)

Very good lesson! I prefer American English, but British is also important for all of us!

Thanks Jade!

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

For some strange reason I prefer british pronunciation and british grammatical rules, in despite of I live in Latin America, a place where you can find American English everywhere.

Monday, January 25th 2016

I’ve got 6/7
I love you miss/Jade and thanks

Friday, April 1st 2016

British English is awesome! I really like it :)

Sunday, April 24th 2016

i’ve got 86 scores.6 out of 7 questions :)
thank you jade … :D

Sunday, July 17th 2016

hy eneryone

Monday, September 12th 2016

this is interesting…

Saturday, September 24th 2016
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