UK V USA English (1)

UK V USA English (1)

Part 1-QuizFamous London Red Phone Booth-w600american-flag-waving

Hello everybody, or should I say ‘Hi guys’?

A lot of my students complain that American English is different to U.K. English. It’s true, but now it’s time to stop complaining and know the differences.

Here’s a little table to help you before the quiz:

UK ENGLISHUS ENGLISH
motorway
petrol
car park
pavement
underground
flat
toilet
cupboard
lift
freeway
gas
parking lot
sidewalk
subway
apartment
bathroom, restroom or John!
closet
elevator

 

In the sentences below, you have to decide which one is UK English and which is US English. Simple? Let’s go.

Here’s an example to start you off:

1 The freeway is full of trucks today. US

2 The motorway is full of lorries today. UK

 

3 I filled my car up at the petrol station, then left it in the car park.

4 I filled my car up at the gas station, then left it in the parking lot.

 

5 Brad walked along the sidewalk and then took the subway.

6 Brad walked along the pavement and then took the underground.

 

7 She bought a pair of trousers and trainers from the clothes shop.

8 She bought a pair of pants and sneakers from the clothes store.

 

9 Nancy went to the mall and bought a really neat purse in the sales.

10 Nancy went to the shopping centre and bought a really nice handbag in the sales.

 

11 Tony put a 10 pound note in the parking metre in the car park.

12 Tony put a 10 dollar bill in the parking meter in the parking lot.

 

13 Tom and Alice have got a really cool apartment downtown.

14 Tom and Alice have got a really cool flat in the city centre.

 

15 I hate it when the adverts interrupt my favourite T.V. programme.

16 I hate it when the commercials interrupt my favourite T.V. show.

 

17 She paid with her credit card in the sweet shop.

18 She paid with her charge card in the candy store.

 

19 He hung up his jacket in the closet and went to the bathroom.

20 He hung up his jacket in the cupboard and went to the toilet.

 

21 When she got in the lift, she realised she was in the wrong building!

22 When she got in the elevator, she realized she was in the wrong building!

 

23 We usually stay in a caravan when we go on holiday.

24 We usually stay in a trailer when we go on vacation.

 

25 After going to the cinema to watch a film, they went for a drink in their favourite bar.

26 After going to a movie theater to watch a movie, they went for a drink in their favourite bar.

 

27 The beach was full of rubbish because nobody used the bins.

28 The beach was full of garbage because nobody used the trash cans.

 

29 When you get there, write me and tell me your new zip code.

30 When you get there, write to me and tell me your new post code.

 

ANSWERS

1 The freeway is full of trucks today. US

2 The motorway is full of lorries today. UK

 

3 I filled my car up at the petrol station, then left it in the car park. UK

4 I filled my car up at the gas station, then left it in the parking lot. US

 

5 Brad walked along the sidewalk and then took the subway. US

6 Brad walked along the pavement and then took the underground. UK

 

7 She bought a pair of trousers and trainers from the clothes shop. UK

8 She bought a pair of pants and sneakers from the clothes store. US

 

9 Nancy went to the mall and bought a really neat purse in the sales. US

10 Nancy went to the shopping centre and bought a really nice handbag in the sales. UK

 

11 Tony put a 10 pound note in the parking metre in the car park. UK

12 Tony put a 10 dollar bill in the parking meter in the parking lot. US

 

13 Tom and Alice have got a really cool apartment downtown. US

14 Tom and Alice have got a really cool flat in the city centre. UK

 

15 I hate it when the adverts interrupt my favourite T.V. programme. UK

16 I hate it when the commercials interrupt my favourite T.V. show. US

 

17 She paid with her credit card in the sweet shop. UK

18 She paid with her charge card in the candy store. US

 

19 He hung up his jacket in the closet and went to the bathroom. US

20 He hung up his jacket in the cupboard and went to the toilet. UK

 

21 When she got in the lift, she realised she was in the wrong building! UK

22 When she got in the elevator, she realized she was in the wrong building! US

 

23 We usually stay in a caravan when we go on holiday. UK

24 We usually stay in a trailer when we go on vacation. US

 

25 After going to the cinema to watch a film, they went for a drink in their favourite pub. UK

26 After going to a movie theater to watch a movie, they went for a drink in their favourite bar. US

 

27 The beach was full of rubbish because nobody used the bins. UK

28 The beach was full of garbage because nobody used the trash cans. US

 

29 When you get there, write me and tell me your new zip code. US

30 When you get there, write to me and tell me your new post code. UK

 

 

 

 

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