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Bad Practices

Expression Country Example
like American, British I was like 'are you crazy'
go ahead and American Let me go ahead and add you to my list

Phrases

  • jury is out
  • push the envelope
  • don't see eye to eye

British English

Spelling

British English American English Canadian English Indian English
favour favor
tennis racquet tennis racket

Vocabulary

British English American English Canadian English Indian English
Beefburger Hamburger
Biscuit Cookie
Blu-tak Adhesive Putty
Car park Parking Lot
Cinema Movie Theater
City Centre Downtown
DIY (Do It Yourself) Home Improvement
Film Movie
Jam Jelly
MotorwayFreewayExpresswayHighway
Nappy Diaper
nought zero
overtakepass
Peep Peek
Petrol Gas
Plaster Band aid
Post Mail
Post Graduate Graduate
Pupil Student
Rubbish Garbage
Squad Roster
Telly TV
Toilet(room)Restroom/BathroomWashroom
Transfer (sports) Transaction
UniversityCollege College
I suppose I guess
Remembrance Day Veteran's Day
car boot sale garage sale?
cash machine ATM
clean sheet shutout
club (sports) franchise
drawing pin thumbtack
exclamation mark exclamation point
full stop period
he lives he stays (Indian English)
lift ride
lolly popsicle
made redundant layed off (not sure about this one - just a difference I notice)
mark grade (a test)
mark point (on a test)
match game
match game
maths math
nappy diaper
net score bag
older older older elder (incorrect Indian English)
public holiday bank holiday
queue line
relocate shift (Indian English)
second hand used
shuttle cock birdie
stabilizers training wheels
surname last name
takeaway take out / to go
tick check[mark]
tights panty hose
till register (shop)
tip ex correction fluid
torch flashlight
trolly shopping cart
whinge whine
Okra/Ladies Fingers Okra Bhindi
Lentils Dhal
Eggplant Brinjal
Spinach Palak
Potato Aloo
Red Kidney Beans Rajma
Cauliflower Gobi
Chick Peas Garbanzo Beans Chana
Cheese Paneer
Ivy Gourd / gentleman's toes Tindora
socket (electrical) power outlet
baked beans pinto beans (but spicier sauce)
shop store
current account checking account
debit card check card/debit card/atm card
noughts and crosses tic-tac-toe

Grammar

  • UK - single quotes
  • US - double quotes


Indian

Unnatural English phrases made by Indians caused by literal translations from Hindi (presumably)

Indian English English Example - incorrect Example - correct
the same it
email ID email address
only - I will deliver it here only I will deliver it here itself
hotel restaurant
angry on angry with I thought you were angry on me. I thought you were angry with me.

Grammar

Numerals

  • Cardinal
  • Nominal
  • Ordinal

Nouns

  • Nominative
  • Vocative
  • Accusative
  • Genitive
  • Dative
  • Ablative
  • Locative
  • Lative
  • Separative

Verbs

Aspect

  • Prior
  • Complete
  • Incomplete

Mood

  • Admirative
  • Cohortative
  • Conditional
  • Declarative
  • Dubitative
  • Energetic
  • Eventive
  • Generic
  • Hypothetical
  • Imperative
  • Indicative
  • Inferential
  • Infinitive
  • Injunctive
  • Interrogative
  • Jussive
  • Negative
  • Optative
  • Potential
  • Presumptive
  • Subjunctive
  • Volitive Mood

Person

  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd


Tense

  • Present
  • Future
  • Imperfect
  • Perfect
  • Pluperfect
  • Future Perfect

Voice

  • active
  • passive
  • causative
  • reciprocal
  • cooperative

Inconsistencies

  • Guarantee, Warranty ('Warrantee' means something slightly different)
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