By John Algeo

Audio system of British and American English exhibit a few notable alterations of their use of grammar. during this distinct survey, John Algeo considers questions equivalent to: •Who lives on a highway, and who lives in a highway? •Who takes a tub, and who has a tub? •Who says Neither do I, and who says Nor do I? •After 'thank you', who says under no circumstances and who says you are welcome? •Whose group are at the ball, and whose crew isn't really? Containing broad quotations from real-life English on each side of the Atlantic, gathered over the last 20 years, this can be a transparent and hugely prepared advisor to the diversities - and the similarities - among the grammar of British and American audio system. Written for people with no previous wisdom of linguistics, it exhibits how those grammatical modifications are associated often to specific phrases, and gives an available account of up to date English in use.

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I’m not going to, is more frequent in American than in British (more than 2 times as frequent). 7. Be going to, however, is relatively more frequent than will or shall in British English in subordinate clauses, compared with main clauses, but less so in American, and is especially more frequent in conditional if-clauses. British also uses the modal future perfect for events in the past, especially probable ones. > 1982 Brett 122. ’> 1988 Ashford 25. Another use of the modal future is as a polite circumlocution instead of a simple present tense.

1996 July 24 Times 22/6. 3 Future time English has two main verb signals of future time: (1) will or shall (the modal future) and (2) be going to (the periphrastic future). In general, British favors will or shall, and American be going to, notably in American conversation and fiction (LGSWE 488). The be going to future is more recent and is still expanding in both varieties (Mair 1997). Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2003) has identified the following differences in corpora of the two national varieties (parenthesized statistics are from CIC for comparison): 1.

1996 July 24 Times 22/6. 3 Future time English has two main verb signals of future time: (1) will or shall (the modal future) and (2) be going to (the periphrastic future). In general, British favors will or shall, and American be going to, notably in American conversation and fiction (LGSWE 488). The be going to future is more recent and is still expanding in both varieties (Mair 1997). Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (2003) has identified the following differences in corpora of the two national varieties (parenthesized statistics are from CIC for comparison): 1.

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