British or American English in IELTS, which is better?
Some people are confused about either using British or American English in the IELTS test. The answer is that both types are fine to use, the IELTS listening test has various accents from English speaking countries around the world.
If you prefer to use American English spelling or vocabulary then stick to that when doing the exam, don’t suddenly switch to using British English spelling or vocabulary and vice versa.
What are the differences between American & British English?
There are a few differences between the two but overall the language is very similar. The main differences are spelling, vocabulary and certain grammar structures, and of course, pronunciation. For example the present perfect is used more often in British English.
British English: “I’ve lost my keys. Have you seen them?”
American English: ” I lost my keys. Did you see them?”
Another example is the past participle of “Got” ..In America it is “Gotten”
British English: ” Your English has got much better”
American English: ” Your English has gotten much better”
The word ” Take” is often used in American English, In British English the word “Have” is more common, See the examples below.
|Have a Bath
Have a Holiday
Have a Break
Have a Look
Have a Rest
|Take a Bath
Take a Vacation
Take a Break
Take a Look
Take a Rest
Another difference is “Have you got…? “ and ” Do you have….? “ In British English we often say for example ” Have you got a car? “ But in America you would probably hear the phrase “Do you have a car?”
Below are some examples of Spelling and Vocabulary differences.
|British Spelling||American Spelling|
|British Word||American Word|
The Bill (in a restuarant)
Any Questions?… leave a comment below.