Colloquial German: The Complete Course for Beginners by Glyn Hatherall, Dietlinde Hatherall

By Glyn Hatherall, Dietlinde Hatherall

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For example, the entry for hospital (in a dictionary with AE as the basic vari­ ety) should have an example of the type: to go to the ~ (BE: to ~ ) . , uncountables, as such. Thus, its entry for earache has markings indicating that this word is normally used in BE without an article and in AE with an article. 5. There are some differences in the use of prepositions and verbal parti­ cles. Here are examples listed in alphabetical order according to the prepo­ sition or particle used in CE or in AE: about CE has nervous about; BE — nervous of.

We will limit ourselves here to the most important ones, those that should be shown in a general-pur­ pose dictionary. It should be kept clearly in mind that the numbers of lexical differences in various fields such as education, health care, the military, foods, government, the automobile, railroads, etc. are very great; a complete listing is impossible in a general-purpose dictionary. Such listings can be given in specialized handbooks devoted to various spheres of activity. Ten Groups of Lexical Differences The classification of lexical differences is extremely complex.

One difference is in the past participial form of the verb to get. The BE form is got; AE usually has gotten (but does have the form -ve got). Thus, we have: they must have (BE got — AE gotten) there by now. AE can distinguish they've got to go 'they have to go' from they've gotten to go 'they have man­ aged to go'. In BE both constructions would be they've got to go. In several instances, only BE has a singular form with -s (the plural has zero): BE innings 'division of a cricket match' — AE inning 'division of a baseball game'; kennels — kennel 'establishment where dogs are boarded'; maths — math colloq.

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