This week we are looking at some words which can be used differently in British and American English: petrol and gas.
In British English, the liquid that is used as fuel for vehicles is called petrol.
I’m sorry I’m late. I had to stop for petrol.
In American English, this fuel is called gas or gasoline.
She ran out of gasoline right on the outskirts of a little village.
In British and American English, the air-like substance that burns easily and that is used for cooking and heating is called gas.
He tipped them into a frying pan and lit the gas.
Find out more in our English Usage article.
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