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  1. Dagar's Avatar
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    Different from/than/to

    I'm confused about the use of different than or is it different from.
    Eg. 1.This book is quite different than the previous one.
    Or this book is quiet different from the previous one.
    And if I say,
    you are no different than he is.
    Would that be grammatically correct.
    Thank you

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    Re: Hi,

    Welcome to the forum, Dagar.

    Please read the rules and guidelines — this one, for instance:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    A good title for this would have been Different to/different from.

    EDIT: I am changing your title from 'Hi,' as this thread may attract more replies which people may want to return to later.


    'This book is quite different from the previous one.'
    'You are no different than him.'

    Many alternatives are possible. Read this summary from Collins' Dictionary:

    The constructions different from, different to, and different than are all found in the works of writers of English during the past. Nowadays, however, the most widely acceptable preposition to use after different is from. Different to is common in British English, but is considered by some people to be incorrect, or less acceptable. Different than is a standard construction in American English, and has the advantage of conciseness when a clause or phrase follows, as in this result is only slightly different than in the US. As, however, this idiom is not regarded as totally acceptable in British usage, it is preferable either to use different from: this result is only slightly different from that obtained in the US or to rephrase the sentence: this result differs only slightly from that in the US

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jul-2015 at 18:39.

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    Re: Different from/than/to

    I think "different from" is preferred in both variants of English. In AmE, "different than" would be second. I think "different to" is used with some frequency in BrE.

    In your second question, because a clause follows the word in question, it should be "than".


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