Different from or Different than

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Different from or Different than

Post by 56lives » 11 Jun 2019, 09:10

Different from and different than, which is correct English? I have come across both in different books and have wondered. In my English Grammar classes I was taught that different from is correct.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 11 Jun 2019, 11:49

Iirc different from is the accepted use.
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Post by earprick » 11 Jun 2019, 17:56

"Different from" sounds right to me. Consider:
Select apples that are different from the others.
For "than," it would be better in a sentence comparing something.
Apples are better than oranges.

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Post by 56lives » 12 Jun 2019, 03:52

Can't agree more. Thanks a lot.

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Post by ingab14 » 19 Jun 2019, 12:13

Although I often see 'different than', I wince; it should be 'different from'.

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Post by Caribqueen16 » 19 Jun 2019, 18:02

Please note that they are both acceptable depending on the context in which they are used. "This yellow dress is much different from that blue dress". "The yellow dress has a different collar than I thought".

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Post by Elphie » 19 Jun 2019, 18:42

I think that it depends on the context and sentence for which you use the certain word. To my opinion earprick has the right answer, and a great example accompanying it.

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Post by EvaDar » 22 Jun 2019, 11:44

Caribqueen16 wrote:
19 Jun 2019, 18:02
Please note that they are both acceptable depending on the context in which they are used. "This yellow dress is much different from that blue dress". "The yellow dress has a different collar than I thought".
Very good example. The website below gives a detailed answer to this question. Here is the short summary of the piece:

"...a big distinction between the two expressions is this: different from typically requires a noun or noun form to complete the expression, while different than may be followed by a clause."

https://www.grammar.com/different-from- ... erent-than
sit in the ocean. it is one of the best medicines on the planet. – the water
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