By Rasmus Rask
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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.
A grammar of the Danish language for the Englishmen by Rasmus Rask