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English language prevalence in the United States. Darker shades of blue indicate higher concentrations of native English speakers in the corresponding states.

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American English, or United States (U.S.) English, is the set of dialects of the English language native to the United States.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> For the most usual or "mainstream" set of American English pronunciation features, see General American: the variety or accent of American English that is considered by many speakers to be the most free from regional, ethnic, or cultural distinctions.

English is the most widely spoken language in the United States. English is the common language used by the federal government and is considered the de facto language of the country because of its widespread use. English has been given official status by 30 of the 50 state governments.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> As an example, while both Spanish and English have equivalent status in the local courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, under federal law, English is the official language for any matters being referred to the United States District Court for the territory.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The use of English in the United States is a result of British colonization. The first wave of English-speaking settlers arrived in North America during the 17th century, followed by further migrations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since then, American English has been influenced by the languages of West Africa, the Native American population, German, Dutch, Irish, Spanish, and other languages of successive waves of immigrants to the United States.


American English sections
Intro  Phonology  Vocabulary  Differences between British and American English  See also  Further reading  References  External links  

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