[DWJ] different than, What are you reading?

Mark Allums 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.

Mark A.



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