In this blog post we look at when to use different from and when to use different than.
Different from is the correct phrase to use when comparing two things that are not the same. This phrase is used to indicate that one thing is not the same as another thing.
Different than is not grammatically correct. The correct phrase is different from, not different than.
It is important to use the correct phrase to ensure that your writing is clear and easy to understand.
Here are some examples of how “different from” can be used:
The two cars are different from each other. (indicates that the cars are not the same)
The movie was different from what I expected. (indicates that the movie was not what the speaker expected)
The food at this restaurant is different from the food at that restaurant. (indicates that the food at the two restaurants is not the same)
The weather in this city is different from the weather in that city. (indicates that the weather in the two cities is not the same)
Here is an example of how “different than” is not correct:
Incorrect: The book is different than the movie. (should be "different from")
The two cars are different from each other.
The movie was different from what I expected.
The food at this restaurant is different from the food at that restaurant.
The weather in this city is different from the weather in that city.
My opinion on the matter is different from yours.
The rules of this game are different from the rules of that game.
The style of this artist is different from the style of that artist.
The taste of this wine is different from the taste of that wine.
The smell of this perfume is different from the smell of that perfume.
The tone of this conversation is different from the tone of that conversation.