[DWJ] different than, What are you reading?
mark at allums.com
Sat Nov 7 03:57:33 EST 2009
Otter Perry wrote:
> On Nov 6, 2009, at 8:37 AM, Mark Allums wrote:
>> One can be "different to" another, as well as different from them.
>> I think "different than" is quite an old phrase, and was originally based
>> on a grammatical mistake. Today, it is considered a "practical" usage,
>> much like ending sentences with prepositions are beginning to be
>> accepted. I still cringe to hear it, however.
> Which? Different than? Or ending a sentence with a preposition?
> To quote someone [Churchill maybe?], 'This is nonsense up with
> which I will not put.'
Sorry; yes, I cringe to hear "different than"". I occasionally end a
sentence with a preposition, myself.
I was always amused by that quote. And I hardly ever apologize for my
own grammatical errors.
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