English vs American English

Sandra

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2016

2 replies

English vs American English

I find it amusing from this side of the pond. It is not good English here to say he's got a brother, he has a brother is more proper to the tongue. We ask how many siblings do you have? not have you got? Just usage, neither wrong. There are numerous expressions I see you Brits use and we don't!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 November 2016

4/11/16

Bonjour Sandra ! Oops! I think that in this case it's not a UK/US difference so much as my English as a French native tends to be contaminated by every day colloquialisms. Brits would also consider it less grammatically correct, and I'm going to do my best to change all these occurrences :) Merci et à bientôt !

Sandra

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2016

4/11/16

Hello, Aurélie. If it's coming from your French, then I understand why you use "got" so often. It is just funny to me! Makes me smile. You do a wonderful work, and I am learning a lot of common usage French that I never learned in high school in 1963-1965! The program makes me continue to practice the little idioms that I don't know. I murder the French language when I speak it, but I do communicate with those French people who don't speak English and are kind and patient with me. I am trying to improve! Thanks for your hard work. There are differences with British English and American English that I have noticed when traveling in England and watching the wonderful Brit Coms on TV. I love the English on the other side of the pond! Sandy

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