British English and American English


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In my understanding, the word instead of 'elevator' in British English is 'lift' and the word for 'pants' is 'trousers'. Is this right? And are there any other words which are often picked up as the examples?

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Hello Vishaka Madubashini,

That's a very broad question - there are differences in vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar, though the differences in pronunciation are probably smaller than the differences between different regions within just British English, and the differences in grammar are relatively minor.  Both British and American speakers have few or no problems understanding one another.

I think you can find more details on this in this episode of our 'How to...' series.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team