Archive for January, 2013

American and British English: differences in vocabulary

January 24th, 2013 in Vocabulary

British and American English are very similar. However, there are some differences of grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Here is a list of words that have different spellings or meanings in British and American English.

How to say numbers in English?

January 23rd, 2013 in English Learning

British English speakers always use and before the tens in a number.

  • 310 = three hundred and ten
  • 455 = four hundred and fifty-five

Expect, hope, wait and look forward to

January 22nd, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using a form of expect, hope, wait or look forward

1. She is ……………………. a baby.

a) expecting

b) hoping

Prepositions after adjectives

January 20th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. It was kind ……………………………….. her to tell us.

Reduced verb forms

January 18th, 2013 in English Learning

Do you watch Hollywood films or American television channels? If so, chances are you have heard expressions like ‘wanna’ and ‘gonna’ umpteen times. These are contracted verb forms that frequently appear in the speech of native English speakers. Although these forms are considered acceptable in informal speech, you must not use them in any form of formal communication.

Grammar differences between British and American English

January 16th, 2013 in English Grammar

The following guide is meant to point out the principal differences between British and American English.

Use of the Present Perfect

Words confused

January 15th, 2013 in Words

Is it distinct or distinctive?

The words distinct and distinctive have slightly different meanings. In most cases, they are not interchangeable.

Distinct

Distinct means ‘clear’ or ‘unmistakable’.