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May 18, 2010 10:23 AM Subscribe
A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting?
posted by adamrice to Writing & Language (53 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
To clarify, I'm not talking about obviously American sayings like "big hat, no cattle" (although it would be interesting to know how jarring that sort of thing is also) I'm talking subtler grammatical differences, like the word "gotten," which, as I understand it, has disappeared in the UK. If there are features of writing that conspicuously mark a writer as American, what are they?