I've been working on a thesis concerning the differences between British English and American English. I studied that in the past a standardization of American English was refused, even if spoken and written language were two different things in the United States, and this was because of the opposition of English purists. Today, American newspapers and academic books are written in American English? I mean, for example, they try not to use the past perfect or the present perfect where the British would use it and they prefer the past simple? In the educational system, is standard English that is taught or American English?
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closed as not a real question by RegDwigнt♦ Dec 9 '11 at 14:19
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When I was a judge at an (American) high school literature contest some years ago, the "standard" was American English. It was with some difficulty that I persuaded my fellow judges NOT to penalize contestants that used "standard" (British) English.