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How Different? From? Than? To?

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“Different from” is most commonly used and is the only word you can use when the phrase precedes a noun or pronoun: “My house is different from others on our block.” “Girls are different from boys.”

Before a clause, however, “different than” is called for: “Technology is far different today than it was a mere five years ago.”

“Different to” is primarily British and is rarely seen or heard on these shores.

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Different From vs. Different Than

The odds are overwhelming that if you use different from you will be correct.

When you use a clause—a chunk of words with its own subject and verb (as opposed to a phrase, which does not contain a verb)—you can use either; I’ve underlined the clauses:

Today’s popular music is different from what it was when I was a teenager.

Popular music today is different than it was when I was a teenager. 

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