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Different Than or Different From?

By Judy Vorfeld

If you’re con­fused about “dif­fer­ent than” vs. “dif­fer­ent from,” here’s a quick way to rest your mind:

Different from: This prod­uct is dif­fer­ent from the one I nor­mally use.

Different than: I see the issue in a dif­fer­ent way than you do. (Although “from” is nor­mally pre­ferred, “than” is accept­able in order to avoid sen­tences like, “I see the issue in a dif­fer­ent way from the way in which you do.”)

If I under­stand Gregg, try not to say “dif­fer­ent than,” with­out using a word or words like “way” or “man­ner,” etc. in between. Otherwise, use “dif­fer­ent from.”

Using this exam­ple, you might either say “I am dif­fer­ent from you,” or “I am a dif­fer­ent kind of per­son than you.” I like the sec­ond a bit bet­ter, but either is fine.

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