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American and British English: Differences in Usage
We usually write abbreviations without full stops in modern British English. Full stops (US ‘periods’) are normal in American English.
Mr (US Mr.) = Mister
All and all of
Before a noun with a determiner (e.g. the, this, my), all and all of are both possible in British English. American English usually has all of.
Expressions with prepositions and particles
Different from/than (US)
Informal use of like
In an informal style, like is often used instead of as if/though, especially in American English. This is not considered correct in a formal style.
In American English, it is common to leave out on before the days of the week.
British people say at the weekend; Americans say on the weekend.
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Sections in this articleAmerican and British English: differences in grammar - I
American and British English: differences in grammar - II
American and British English: differences in vocabulary - I
American and British English: differences in vocabulary - II
American and British English: differences in usage - I
American and British English: differences in usage - II
American and British English: differences in spelling
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