Business Writing Tip #80—UK versus US English—Part Two

Continuing on from my last tip, here are some more differences between UK and US stormy UK day (1024x686)English. Please remember, neither version is ‘wrong’. They are just different.

The important thing to keep in mind is that when you’re writing, choose one version and stick to it.

 

  British (UK) American
Different spelling, same pronunciation

 

Axe
Plough
Colour
Defence
Cheque
Manoeuvre
Tyre
Ageing
Gaol
Liquorice
Ax
Plow
Color
Defense (noun form)
Check
Maneuver
Tire
Aging
Jail
licorice
Same concept with different terms
Hire a car
Hire purchase
Petrol
Saloon
Estate car
Car boot
Fortnight
Goods train
Bank holiday
Autumn
Flat
Lift
Nappy
Rubbish
Tap
Rent a car
Installment plan
Gasoline
Sedan
Station wagon
Car trunk
Two weeks
Freight train
Public holiday
Fall
Apartment
Elevator
Diaper
Trash
Faucet
Using collective nouns
Use either singular or plural verb
  • My team are all here ready for the meeting.
  • My team is sitting down.
Always  use singular verb
  • My team is here ready for the meeting.
Use of ‘needn’t’
  • You needn’t come to the meeting if you are busy.
Or
  • You don’t need to come to the meeting if you are busy.
  • You don’t need to come to the meeting if you are busy.
Preposition use with educational institutions
She studied business at university.
She studied business in university.
Different
Use to and from
This answer is different from/to what I was expecting.
Use from and than
This answer is different from/than what I was expecting.

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