Answers to questions about English verbs and tenses. Egypt asks about the grammatical differences between British and American English; Auxiliary verbs 1. The perfect aspect. In American English it is very common to use the simple past tense instead of the present perfect which speakers of British. Past tense forms. Below is a table showing verbs which have different simple past and past participle forms in American and British English. Note that the irregular past forms burnt, dreamt and spoilt are possible in American English, but less common than the forms ending in -ed.


Author: Mr. Deven Schaefer
Country: Ukraine
Language: English
Genre: Education
Published: 23 December 2017
Pages: 389
PDF File Size: 39.53 Mb
ePub File Size: 46.61 Mb
ISBN: 915-9-81092-991-4
Downloads: 33906
Price: Free
Uploader: Mr. Deven Schaefer



Is this correct in British English? Thanks so much for your guidance!

Report this comment web editor Mon, 26 Mar The reason 'saw' is listed as the infinitive in the past tense section is because british english tenses American English, the third form of the verb in this case 'seen' is rarely used. Report this comment Anonymous Sat, 24 Mar 8: Students often ask about the differences between the two major varieties of English, and this is a fine summary of them.

But british english tenses past tense section lists "saw" as an infinitive? Report this comment web editor Tue, 27 Feb It certainly is a hot topic!

Whilst we acknowledge that there british english tenses often more than one common variant of a grammar rule, in this case we have to go with the majority opinion based on our research including US colleagues. However, English is an ever-evolving language and this may change in the future.

Differences in American and British English grammar - article | Onestopenglish

What do other onestopenglish users think? Best wishes and happy teaching, The onestopenglish team Unsuitable or offensive?

  • BBC Learning English | Ask about English | Verbs & tenses
  • Differences in American and British English grammar - article
  • Table of English Tenses

In American English, "on the weekend" normally means precisely the same thing as "on weekends," as in "I go to bed early during the british english tenses, and I stay out late on the weekend," which an American might indeed say.

An American might also say british english tenses the weekend" to refer to weekends generally, as a concept, as in "I am sorry to make you work on the weekend," although "on a weekend" might possibly be more common in this context.


I have never, ever heard a british english tenses speaker of American English say "on the weekend" to refer to one particular upcoming weekend. I don't know what people say in the UK, but to refer specifically to the upcoming weekend, an American would most typically say "this weekend.


In that case, an American would say, "I'm seeing a movie this weekend," or "I'm seeing a movie over the weekend. Of course, if it were a very british english tenses movie or a very drawn-out viewing process, such that the movie british english tenses be viewed over multiple days, then an American might indeed say "I'm seeing a movie for the weekend.

Present perfect tense is used to describe a past event that has present consequences, but in American English, the simple past tense is normally used. She just left" - American English Informal Speech When british english tenses British would say "going to" for example, Americans may say "gonna" and this informal shortened word is becoming more popular with many English speakers.

Though it may seem like a lot of differences, they are actually only slight and most of the grammar in British and American English are in agreement.

Grammar Differences Between American and British English

Both variations are generally understood by the whole English-speaking population. This lesson was written by Alex Godwin. His British English blog: