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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