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Title: British or American English?
Subtitle: A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns
Written By: John Algeo
Series Title: Studies in English Language

Speakers of British and American English display some striking differences
in their use of grammar. In this detailed survey, John Algeo considers
questions such as:
Who lives on a street, and who lives in a street?
Who takes a bath, and who has a bath?
Who says Neither do I, and who says Nor do I?
After 'thank you', who says Not at all and who says You're welcome?
Whose team are on the ball, and whose team isn't?

Containing extensive quotations from real-life English on both sides of the
Atlantic, collected over the past twenty years, this is a clear and highly
organized guide to the differences - and the similarities - between the
grammar of British and American speakers. Written for those with no prior
knowledge of linguistics, it shows how these grammatical differences are
linked mainly to particular words, and provides an accessible account of
contemporary English in use.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521371376
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
Prices: U.S. $ 85.00
U.K. £ 45.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521379938
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
Prices: U.S. $ 34.99