British English (BrE) is the form of English used in the United Kingdom and the rest of the British Isles. It includes all English dialects used within the British Isles.
The English language was first introduced to the Americas by British colonization, beginning in the late 16th century. Differences between the two include pronunciation, grammar, lexis, spelling, punctuation, idioms, formatting of dates and numbers, and so
Differences in pronunciation :
For many loanwords from French where AmE has final-syllable stress, BrE stresses an earlier syllable. Such words include:
- BrE first-syllable stress: adult, ballet, bidet, brochure, Bernard
- BrE second-syllable stress: attaché
- AmE first-syllable, BrE last-syllable: cigarette, magazine
- AmE first-syllable, BrE second-syllable: exposé
- AmE second-syllable, BrE last-syllable: New Orleans
Most 2-syllable verbs ending -ate have first-syllable stress in AmE and second-syllable stress in BrE : rotate, translate, vibrate.
words with relevant
syllable stressed in each dialect
cannot, casein, Kathleen
defense (sport), guru,
mama, papa, Augustine