Different From or Different Than?

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We’ve all wondered about the distinction. (What? You haven’t? Well, just in case….)

DIFFERENT FROM is used when comparing one thing to another: My favorite program is different from yours.

DIFFERENT THAN is used when what follows is a clause with a verb in it: My favorite program is different than what you thought it would be.

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2 responses to “Different From or Different Than?

  1. And in Britain, I hear a lot of people saying “different to”.

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  2. That’s interesting. As someone (Shaw?) said, “Two countries divided by a common language.”

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