British and American English in IELTS

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.

British
American
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

Colour

Labour

Favourite

Centre

Theatre

Socialise

Apologise

Analyse

Travelling

Defence

Licence

Programme

Grey

Tyre

Aeroplane

Color

Labor

Favorite

Center

Theater

Socialize

Apologize

Analyze

Traveling

Defense

License

Program

Gray

Tire

Airplane

British Word American Word
Petrol

Car park

Lift

Biscuits

The Bill (in a restuarant)

Motorway

Flat

Return Ticket

Lorry

Railway

Ground Floor

Sweets

Chips

Mobile Phone

Underground

Chemist

Tap

Lawyer

Rubbish

Dustbin

Secondary School

Cupboard

Nappy

Angry

Mad

Toilet

Post code

Autumn

Football

Anti clockwise

Zip

Gasoline

Parking lot

Elevator

Cookies

The Check

Freeway

Apartment

Round Trip

Truck

Railroad

First Floor

Candy

French Fries

Cellphone

Subway

Drugstore

Faucet

Attorney

Garbage

Trash can

High School

Closet

Daiper

Mad

Crazy

Restroom

Zip code

The Fall

Soccer

Counter clockwise

Zipper


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