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    question about "diffrent" and "difference"

    should we say, "what's different between objectA and objectB"
    or "what's difference between objectA and objectB"

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    #2

    Re: question about "diffrent" and "difference"

    With the second, say 'what's the difference...'


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    #3

    Re: question about "diffrent" and "difference"

    I think "what's different" is by far less idiomatic (i.e. less common).

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    Re: question about "diffrent" and "difference"

    Additionally, "different" is an adjective and "difference" is a noun. Nouns take require a deteminer, either "a" or "the". "Adjectives" pair up with the verb TO BE (is, are, am, and so on).

    [1] Determiner + Noun
    Q: What is the difference between A and B?
    A: The difference is this, A is longer.

    [2] Adjective + Noun
    Q: What difference is there between A and B?
    A: There is a marked difference between A and B.

    [3] to be + adjective
    Q: What is different between A and B?
    A: A is longer.

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