Do you say 'different from' or 'different than'? Why? eg A rugby ball is different (from/than) a football.?

Update:

Please state which country you come from.

Update 2:

The British say " Similar TO" but " Different FROM".

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Best Answer

    It should be "different from", but you will notice a number of native speakers in the USA using "different than".

    In Britain, on the other hand, teachers have a hard time persuading native speakers not to use "different to"!

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      That's exactly what I thought!

  • 1 month ago

    Generally Americans say 'different than', but in the UK we say 'different from'. 'From' reflects the original Latin prefix 'de', meaning 'from'.

    Similar to, different from.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It depends on the sentence,but in the majority of cases I would use different from.

  • 1 month ago

    It depends on what aspect I am comparing and declaring as different. They differ from each other in appearance, but perhaps there is no important difference in functional behavior when comparing one to the other, although perhaps the color intensity is different so one appears browner (and thus different) than the other.

    Typically, you would not use "than" except if there is a statement of intensity (a magnitude: more than, less than, rather than different from or different to). Than is used for size comparison.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Different to .

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      NO!!...Similar TO, different FROM!

  • Sparky
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    You could also say 'different to'

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      NO!...Similar TO, different FROM!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Different than bro

  • Human
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    I've heard that "different than" is incorrect.

  • 1 month ago

    I usually say different than when I compare objects or people.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      We say...
      bigger THAN
      smaller THAN but
      different FROM.

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