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    Different from is the most common structure in both BrE and AmE.

    Can we use construction in place of structure in the sentence above? What's the difference between these words?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Thesaurus.com | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at Thesaurus.com

    The first synonym for the noun "structure" is "construction". They are interchangeable in this sentence and have no difference.

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    Default Re: the most common

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Different from is the most common structure in both BrE and AmE.

    Can we use construction in place of structure in the sentence above? What's the difference between these words?

    Thank you in advance.
    I had to read this four times before I even understood your question.

    If you had used quotation marks, it would have been SO much easier to understand this.

    "Different from" is the most common structure...

    Even then, it's troublesome. Surely there are more common phrases in both the US and the UK than "different from"!

    The structure "different from" is more common than [what? "different than"?] in both the US and the UK. -- THAT would have been 10 times easier to understand.

    Please remember that the people answering your questions don't know what you're asking. We don't have your background. If you can write in a way that makes it easier for us, you'll get better and faster answers. My hat is off to JohnParis, who seemed not to have the trouble I did.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you had used quotation marks, it would have been SO much easier to understand this. Totally agree.

    Even then, it's troublesome. Surely there are more common phrases in both the US and the UK than "different from"! I want to mention that, had they cited the sentence, you wouldn't be critiquing it. I think the OP just tried their hand at using the words correctly, and might not have been intending us to take the meaning literally.
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    You could also use collocation.

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