There are a few grammatical differences between British and American English:
Unit 13 In American English the past simple is often used to give new information or to announce a recent happening:
- I lost my key. Can you help me look for it?
The past simple is used with just and already:
- I'm not hungry. I just had lunch.
- `Don't forget to post the letter.' `I already posted it.'
Unit 15b Americans use the past simple with yet:
- I didn't tell them about the accident yet.
Unit 24a In American English the forms I have / I don't have / do you have? are more usual than `I've got / I haven't got / have you got?':
- We have a new car.
- Do you have any change?
Unit 35b Americans often use the infinitive (without to) in structures with insist/suggest etc.:
- They insisted that we have dinner with them.
- Jim suggested that I buy a car.
This structure is also used in British English.
Unit 75a Americans say `the hospital':
- The injured man was taken to the hospital.
Unit 104d Americans say `on a team':
- He's the best player on the team.
Unit 108a Quite is not often used with this meaning in American English. In American English quite usually means `completely' as in section c.
Unit 114d Americans say `on the week-end / on week-ends'.
Unit 124 In American English `different than' is also possible. `Different to' is not used.
Unit 127 Americans say write someone (without to):
- Please write me soon and tell me how you are.
Appendix 2.2 These verbs (burn, learn etc.) are normally regular in American English: burned, learned etc.
Appendix 2.4 The past participle of get is gotten in American English:
- Your English has gotten much better since I last saw you.
Appendix 3.5 Note the American spelling of these words: traveling, traveled canceling, canceled.