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Examples are: CE I convinced them that they should do it — AE I convinced them to do it; CE I had the grass cut by a gardener—AE (more than BE) I had a gardener cut the grass (Note: / got a gardener to cut the grass is CE); CE look at him jumping! — AE look at him jump ! ; CE I ordered it to be done — AE / ordered it done. 17. Colloquial AE has the construction good + adjective. Examples are: good and tired 'very tired', good and angry 'very angry', etc. 18. In forming positive future statements, CE can use will with all per­ sons, normally contracted in speech to 'll: I'll /ayl/ go, you'll /ju:l/, /jusl/ go, he'll /hiyl/ go, etc.

However, as the LDOCE points out, British universities and lawyers use vacation in the AE sense. The LDOCE gives as an illustration the sentence: the college is closed during (the) vacation. This construction is CE. A second example of blurred semantic boundaries is the pair baggage — luggage. Both words refer to what travelers take with them, but they are not true synonyms. Luggage places emphasis on the containers: suitcases, bags, etc. Baggage places emphasis on the contents of those containers.

Ll — /: distill — distil, fulfill —fulfil, instill — instil, etc. Note A: AE allows both spellings, but prefers ll; BE usually allows only /. However, after the letter a, CE prefers //: befall, enthrall, install (but instal­ ment) ; AE allows both install and instai, installment and instalment. BE, to be sure, has appal, whereas AE prefers appall; appalling is CE. Note B: A BE series such as fulfil, fulfilled, fulfilment shows that when MODERN VARIETIES OF ENGLISH: BRITISH AND AMERICAN 17 a suffix is added, the / is doubled if the suffix begins with a vowel, but remains single if the suffix begins with a consonant.

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