By John Algeo
Audio system of British and American English show a few notable ameliorations of their use of grammar. during this particular survey, John Algeo considers questions akin to: •Who lives on a highway, and who lives in a highway? •Who takes a tub, and who has a bathtub? •Who says Neither do I, and who says Nor do I? •After 'thank you', who says on no account and who says you are welcome? •Whose staff are at the ball, and whose group is not? Containing large quotations from real-life English on each side of the Atlantic, amassed over the last 20 years, it is a transparent and hugely equipped consultant to the diversities - and the similarities - among the grammar of British and American audio system. Written for people with no earlier wisdom of linguistics, it indicates how those grammatical adjustments are associated usually to specific phrases, and gives an available account of latest English in use.
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Neither American nor British favors used as an operator, although British is somewhat less averse to it than is American (Johansson 1979, 209). 3 times more frequent in British than in American. 2. The negative of used to generally requires do as an operator in American, whereas it can itself serve as an operator in British. When the do operator is used in British, the form didn’t used to has greater acceptance than it does in American (Gilman 1994, 933–4; Johansson 1979, 209). 25 times more frequent in British than in American.
4) The preterit subjunctive is used in conditions contrary to fact at the present time: If he were/was here now, we could ask him. In such use, the invariant form were is traditional for all persons and numbers, but in British use especially, was and were are both used in their usual agreement pattern with the subject. > 1986 Sept. 6 Times 16/5. (5) The past perfect subjunctive is similarly used in conditions contrary to fact at past times: If he had been here yesterday, we could have asked him.
D had Had gotten <. . > 1987 May 27 Punch 34/3. 2 Been been Come
British or American English?: A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns (Studies in English Language) by John Algeo