Commonwealth English

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Commonwealth English is a blanket term for the English that developed during the British Empire after the United States of America left it. Thus it is the English of Britain and the Commonwealth nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, with their majority white populations, and also of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, using British English as its ancestral model - in contrast to Canada, whose English remains a variety of American English. Also to be considered outside the definition are Irish English, as Ireland is not a member of Commonwealth, and Mozambiquan English, from a country which does not have English as a colonial language, Mozambique having been part of the Portuguese Empire.