Questions about the differences between English as used in Britain and Ireland on one hand and Canada and the United States on the other.

Use this tag for questions about the differences between "British English" and "American English".

The US and the UK have been said to be two nations divided by a common language, as the English language spoken in both has been diverging from their common ancestor since permanent English colonies were established in the New World in the early 17th century. Besides well-known differences regarding idiom/terminology, orthography, and pronunciation, there are differences of grammar and usage, from number agreement with collective nouns to use of the subjunctive mood.

This tag is for questions which compare and contrast the varying usage. For questions specific to the English spoken in one region or another, or about general cross-dialect issues, use the appropriate tags: and , but also , , , and so on.