Is there a difference (pun totally intended)? Yes. First, as always, let’s look into the explanation. ‘Different’ is a word used to contrast, rather than (tee hee) compare. ‘Than’ usually follows adjectives used to compare people, items, conditions, etc.
Examples: More than, less than, better than, worse than, colder than and many more.
- CORRECT: The birthday party was different than I expected.
- INCORRECT: The birthday party was different from what I expected.
The rules are pretty simple:
- When creating a sentence if a noun comes after ‘different’, use ‘from.’
- When creating a sentence where a clause (subject and verb) follow ‘different’, use than.
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