Saturday, October 6, 2018

“Different Than” or “Different From”?

Sho9uld you say “different than” or “different from”? “Different from” is much more popular; but “different than” is gaining ground. Ben Yagoda writes:

Nevertheless, from has for a long time been much more popular than than, as this Google Ngram Viewer chart shows.

The chart shows a gradual rise in different than in the 20th century. The software provides reliable data only until the year 2000; it’s been my sense that the upward slope has steepened since then, especially in spoken language, which Google Ngram Viewer does not measure. The reason seems clear: the attractive and hard-to-ignore model of (as Hurd says) other than and comparatives in general — bigger than, better than, more than, etc.

You can read more here (Oct. 3, 2018) (Includes chart.)


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