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How better to mark the start of the Olympics than with a celebration of the peculiarities of UK English? Linguistics expert Dr Lynne Murphy rounds up ten words the British and the Americans use differently.
And, interestingly, in other news, sentences starting with interestingly often turn out to be quite the opposite. Find out about five adverbs you should only allow in your final draft after careful scrutiny.
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As the eyes of the world turn to London, linguistics lecturer Lynne Murphy rounds up 10 subtle miscommunications between British and American English.
Some adverbs are used so frequently in speech that they have become little more than verbal tics; these are the ones you should be particularly suspicious of when writing.