Different To vs. Different From vs. Different Than

Different is an adjective. It can be modified by any and no, little and not much.

  • ‘How is the patient doctor?’ ‘No different.’
  • His ideas are little different from those of his friends.

Quite different means ‘completely different’.

  • I thought you would be like your sister, but you are quite different.

Different can also be modified by very.

  • She is very different from her sister.

Prepositions after different

From is generally used after different. To is also common in British English.

  • American football is very different from/to soccer.

After different, Americans use from or than.

  • American football is very different from/than soccer.

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