Daily Vitamin: UK vs US: 'GAS' IN UK AND US ENGLISH
21 / 05 / 2007
UK vs US

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

In November of 2006, we did a series of six Daily Vitamins about the differences between standard US and UK English. Today's Vitamin is about another difference.

Today's word is: Gas

In the US, gas often refers to the liquid fuel that is used to power cars.

Example 1 (US):
We'd better stop and get some gas. Look...there's a gas station there. Let's stop now.

The usual UK word for this type of gas is petrol.

Example 2 (UK):
We'd better stop and get some petrol. Look...there's a petrol station there. Let's stop now.

In both UK and US English, gas can refer to a gaseous fuel (air) that is used to cook food and heat your home (natural gas).

Example 3 (UK or US):
We had a gas furnace put in our home, so that we wouldn't be so cold in the winter.

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I hope you have a great day!