Different From vs. Different Than
Different from is the standard phrase. Most scholars obstinately avoid different than, especially in simple comparisons, such as You are different from me.
However, some of the experts are more tolerant of different than, pointing out that the phrase has been in use for centuries, and has been written by numerous accomplished authors. These more-liberal linguists point out that a sentence like It is no different for men than it is for women is clear and concise, and rewriting it with different from could result in a clumsy clunker like It is no different for men from the way it is for women.
They may have a point, but many fine writers have had no problem steering clear of different than for their entire careers.
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2007, at 2:46 pm