Differences between UK and US English grammar?
July 8, 2007 4:27 AM Subscribe
What are some essential differences between UK and American English Grammar?
posted by psmealey to Writing & Language (71 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am traveling to the UK today for the first time in many years. And looking for some language tips. One thing I have noticed in dealing with Brits at work is that they seem to have a different rule for case (singular or plural) agreement with the subject of a sentence if the subject is a proper noun.
For example, in American, you would say that Manchester United IS the best team in the league this year. Yet, I've heard both footballers and BBC posh people alike say that Manchester United ARE the best team. I presume that the subject in that case is either implied to be the Manchester United players, or else that the subject is a collective, and therefore plural. In American English, of course the case of the verb has to agree with the case of the noun, regardless of what it represents. Did I get this right?
Beyond this, what are some other essential grammatical differences between UKian and USian English?