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I'm in the United Kingdom, and I'm interested in (or amazed at) the differences between "British" English and American English.


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comment Grammar Topics Order
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about teaching methods.
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comment Grammar Topics Order
This doesn't really fit our on-topic subjects of Word choice and usage; Grammar; Etymology (history of words’ development); Dialect differences; Pronunciation (phonetics and phonology, dialectology); Spelling and punctuation. That is, this site deals with the nuts and bolts of the language, rather than teaching the nuts and bolts. I can see if there's a better site where it might be on-topic.
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revised What should this tell me?
Formatting
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comment Auxiliary verb related problem
One line of thought is that it depends on whether "the average marks" is a single value or a range of values. Could you edit your question to add in some more context, please?
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comment Why is “gauge” spelled with a 'u'?
It's too long to convert to a comment. The best solution to preserve (and expand) the information is to find a related question and add an answer there, taking care not to duplicate existing answers.
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comment Why is “gauge” spelled with a 'u'?
@J.J. Unfortunately this isn't an answer to the question as asked. You may be able to mould it into a question about colonel, and possibly even answer that question yourself. Do take a look at the tour and the rest of the Help pages to see more of how Stack Exchange works as a Question-and-Answer site rather than a forum.
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comment Why is “gauge” spelled with a 'u'?
@Araucaria Don't forget that commenting anywhere needs 50 rep.
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comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
It's still not clear [and evidenced by the variety of answers] whether you're asking for intensifiers or insults, or just "language which will shock". In any case, list questions are frowned upon. If the question can be made absolutely specific without invalidating a large number of answers, please do that; otherwise, I suggest rethinking what you are actually wanting to know and asking another question (referencing this one, if that would be helpful).
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comment Can “what” be plural?
The last example, "What make you of the quality of journalists?" simply means "What do you make [=think] of the quality of journalists?" It's an ordinary question but archaically removing do-support.
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comment Suffix in the word Happiest
Greyer, greyest. The y is only changed to i when it forms a syllable on its own (as in grumpy, sleepy but not dopey). An unusual [colloquial] adjective like baby probably wouldn't be extended using -ier because it obscures the root word.
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revised practice vs practise sentence question
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comment Use of sit with have not
You are entirely correct; have not sit does appear to be wrong. It would be very helpful to quote and link to examples: many articles/blogs/posts on the web are illiterate.
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comment CAE exam - self-study book
This site deals with the nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of the language. Recommendations of any sort are off-topic because they are out of date within six months, if not immediately.
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comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
@user463240 Are you looking for intensifiers ("That f-----g ...") or something else?
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revised Shifting verb tenses when reporting past events
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revised Shifting verb tenses when reporting past events
Remove capitals from title; minor formatting
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comment accadimic english
We can advise you on choices you make, but you need to make them yourself and say why you chose the word you did. Also, please be sure to transcribe the question and the text exactly: this question has many errors in it, and errors in the text do not help with verifying the words chosen.
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comment accadimic english
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a set exercise with no attempt at a solution prior to asking.
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comment How is 'Tacenda' used in a sentence?
OneLook finds the word in only one dictionary where it means "Things not to be mentioned, things to be silent about"; I guess it's used in the same way as Agenda, "things to be discussed".