The UVic Writer's Guide
Different from / Different than
"Different from" is the more accurate and acceptable form: "Apples
are different from oranges," "He was different from what I expected."
However, "different than" is becoming acceptable before clauses
("He was different than I expected") because the "what" can be
conveniently omitted. Take note of the audience and tone of the
essay before deciding.
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