Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Apr 2004
    • Posts: 67

    question about "diffrent" and "difference"

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

  1. Editor,
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 59,731

    Re: question about "diffrent" and "difference"

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

    • Join Date: Nov 2005
    • Posts: 2

    Re: question about "diffrent" and "difference"

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

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970

    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.

Similar Threads

  1. Question with a Question
    By Kristin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-Jan-2006, 15:26
  2. Answering a question with a question
    By Sarah Shaw-Gray in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2006, 14:33
  3. Response to a question - 'may i' and 'shall i'
    By englishstudent in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 20-Sep-2005, 06:28
  4. Tag question
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2004, 10:11


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts