“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” – George Bernard Shaw
Adapting your US English material to target a British audience isn’t just a matter of swapping ‘color’ for ‘colour’. Whole concepts that make sense to an American audience could be alien to UK readers. A few of the main categories of differences are:
Spelling – center v. centre, license v. licence, anaesthetic v. anesthetic
Vocabulary – carry on v. hand luggage, counter-clockwise v. anti-clockwise, closet v. wardrobe
Grammar – Monday through Friday v. (from) Monday to Friday, writing someone v. writing to someone, in the hospital v. in hospital
Date format – 12/25/2012 v. 25/12/2012 (Christmas Day). This can become confusing earlier in the year, e.g. 04/01/2012 would be read as 1st April by a US audience, whereas the date would be recognised as 4th January in the UK.
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Maybe you have your material but you just want a second pair of eyes to go over it as a final check. Typos, repetitions or grammar slip-ups can be costly (not to mention embarrassing) to rectify once you go to print, so why not make sure that everything is perfect before making your content public?
• Academic thesis (10,000 words)
• Supplier guidelines (9,000 words)
• Applications for the EU Access City Award (18,000 words)
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• Newsletter about screening for Alzheimer’s disease
• Series of academic papers on Virginia Woolf
• Bread product catalogue
• Chemical review
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• Contract for a medical products company
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