North american english en-us
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American English, also known as United States English, or US English, is a set of dialects of the English language used mostly in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of native speakers of English live in the United States.
North American English (North American English en-us) is the most generalized variety of the English language as spoken in the United States and Canada. Because of their related histories and cultures and the similarities between the pronunciation, vocabulary, and accent of American English and Canadian English, the two spoken varieties are often grouped together under a single category. Due to historical and cultural factors, Canadian English and American English can be distinguished from each other, with the differences being most noticeable in the two languages' written forms.
Canadian spellings are primarily based on British usage, as a result of Canada's longer-standing connections with the United Kingdom. Canadians are generally tolerant of both British and American spellings, with British spellings being favored in more formal settings and in Canadian print media. Spellings in American English have been highly influenced by lexicographers like Noah Webster, who sought to create a standardized form of English that was independent of British English. Despite these differences, the dialects of both Canada and the United States are similar. The United Empire Loyalists who fled the American Revolution (1765–1783) have had a large influence on Canadian English from its early roots. Some terms in North American English are used almost exclusively in Canada and the United States (for example, the terms diaper and gasoline are widely used instead of nappy and petrol).
Although many English speakers from outside North America regarding such terms as distinct Americanisms, they are often just as common in Canada, mainly due to the effects of heavy cross-border trade and cultural penetration by the American mass media. The list of divergent words becomes longer if considering regional Canadian dialects, especially as spoken in the Atlantic provinces and parts of Vancouver Island, where significant pockets of British culture still remain.
English is the most common language in the United States, and despite the US federal government has no official language, English is considered the language of the United States because of its widespread use, counting with 225 million speakers only in the United States.
American English and British English differ at the levels of phonology, phonetics, vocabulary, and, to a lesser extent, grammar and orthography. Differences in grammar are relatively minor, and normally do not affect mutual intelligibility. The most noticeable difference between American English and British English is the spelling of certain words, and in some cases, different spelling reflects a slightly different pronunciation.
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