[DWJ] different than, What are you reading?

Roslyn Gross rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Sun Nov 8 01:06:28 EST 2009

I grew up in Melbourne (Australia) and was taught that 'different from' is
preferable to 'different to'. I don't think I'd generally use 'different
than'(there may be cases where I would, but I can't think of them right


-----Original Message-----
From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of
Mark Allums
Sent: Saturday, 7 November 2009 7:58 PM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] different than, What are you reading?

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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