British describes people and things that come from anywhere in the United Kingdom, which includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

1. Some British scientists have dismissed this evidence as ‘poor science’.
2. If you hold a current British passport, a visa is not required for entry into Greece.

British is also used to describe anything to do with the administration of the United Kingdom and in the names of national organizations.

3. Mr Georgiadis is a naturalized British citizen of Greek origin.
4. …a lecture at the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

The British are the people who live in the United Kingdom.

5. Compromise is one of the basic principles and virtues of the British.

English describes people and things that come from England.

6. Mr Jumperwala told her some amusing anecdotes about the English aristocracy.
7. …the pleasures of the English countryside.

The English are the people who live in England.

8. …in 1650 when the English, like the Californians of today, had more money than sense.

Note that you should not use ‘English‘ to describe people or things from other parts of the United Kingdom.