Different From, Different To Or Different Than

Different is usually followed by from.

  • This is quite different from that.
  • She is very different from her sister.

Many British speakers also use to after different.

  • His ideas are different from those of his friends.
  • OR His ideas are different to those of his friends.
  • She is very different from her sister.
  • OR She is very different to her sister.

In American English, than is common after different. From is also used.

  • American football is very different from soccer. OR American football is very different than soccer.

In British English, different than is possible before a clause.

  • The situation is different from what I expected.
  • OR The situation is different to what I expected.
  • OR The situation is different than I expected.
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Manjusha Nambiar

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