Bulldog vs Eagle Part 2 : Grammar
Now I'm going to write a bit about grammar differences between British and American English.
1. Irregular verbs. There are quite a few verbs that are different in the past simple and/or past participle. Here are a few examples. British English is on the left and American on the right:
get - got - got get - got - gotten
light - lit - lit light - lighted - lighted
dream - dreamt - dreamt dream - dreamed - dreamed
Along with dream, there is smell (- smelt or - smelled), leap (-leapt or - leaped) and numerous other verbs.
2. Time. I was shocked to see American textbooks with the phrase 'a quarter after' to mean 'quarter past'. It turns out they often say that on the other side of the pond! Also, Americans will say: "The museum is open Monday through Friday" whereas us Brits say: "The museum is open Mondays to Fridays".
3. Articles. Whereas Brits end up "in hospital", Americans end up "in the hospital". We are "at university" while they are "at the university".
4. Brits put 'river' before the name and Americans after. Therefore, there's the River Thames and the Hudson River.
I've just chosen a few short examples. There are many more. What have you come across?