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can you settle an argument .Should it be different..................

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katiestar Wed 17-Jun-09 11:21:22

from (i think)
to (DH thinks)
than (just annoys me)

many thanks ,pedants !

poopscoop Wed 17-Jun-09 11:24:47

from? That is just my opnion and I am no pedant smile

Scootergrrrl Wed 17-Jun-09 11:29:56

From - and I AM a pedant grin

poopscoop Wed 17-Jun-09 11:30:59

ooh, have I arrived?!! grin

PlumpRumpSoggyBaps Wed 17-Jun-09 11:42:56

I believe that from and to are both acceptable. Than is an Americanism.

cornflakegirl Wed 17-Jun-09 13:15:39

different from. Anything else grates horribly!

Jux Wed 17-Jun-09 13:24:50


No question

AllFallDown Wed 17-Jun-09 20:55:41

What's the sentence? Context would help ...

AllFallDown Wed 17-Jun-09 20:57:57

Bartleby writes ...

The phrases different from and different than are both common in British and American English. The British also use the construction different to. Since the 18th century, language critics have singled out different than as incorrect, though it is well attested in the works of reputable writers. If you want to follow traditional guidelines, use from when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from (not than) yours. Different than is more acceptably used, particularly in American usage, where the object of comparison is expressed by a full clause: The campus is different than it was twenty years ago. You can use different from with a clause if the clause starts with a conjunction and so functions as a noun: The campus is different from how it was twenty years ago. 1
Sometimes people interpret a simple noun phrase following different than as elliptical for a clause, which allows for a subtle distinction in meaning between the two constructions. How different this seems from Paris suggests that the object of comparison is the city of Paris itself, whereas How different this seems than Paris suggests that the object of comparison is something like “the way things were in Paris” or “what happened in Paris.”

Jux Fri 19-Jun-09 16:43:17


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