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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkkin View Post
    The to comparison is making my teeth hurt... It feels like there needs to be a transitional verb in there to clarify context.

    e.g. He seemed different to them. He seemed different to the other boys.
    Yes but he seemed different to them because he was different to them!

    Sorry ... 2 hours sleep and all that...

    EDIT: Maybe it's a problem of classification. How is he different? He is different to them in some way. He is different from them because they are tall and he is small. He is different than them because he is not a real boy.


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  2. #12
    I'm not weighing in on the correctness of 'different to', but that combination simply doesn't sound right inside my head. If I ever had a character who felt the need to use it, I would kill him or her off in chapter two.
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    No, I'm still not getting any of this. There's a difference between a structured phrase like "different from" and the coincidence of the word "than" or "to" following "different" in a sentence. Hence "He seemed different to them," is just the coincidence of the two words, not a phrase. Any sequence of words may occur by coincidence, but that doesn't prove that they form a structured phrase. For example,

    "These two peas are no more different than those two."

    One has to parse the sentence correctly before deducing anything about the elements used.
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  4. #14
    I don't think I'd use it, but the example didn't bother me, so I looked it up.

    "Different than is common in American English, but might sound strange to British ears, and in the UK, different to is a common alternative that is seldom used in the US. When in doubt, stick with different from. However, note that there is a time and place for different than.

    Is It “Different From” or “Different Than”? | Dictionary.com Blog blog.dictionary.com/different-from-or-..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
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    I don't normally identify such things in thread, but seeing she has referred to it herself after my pm drawing attention to this thread I guess it is okay.

    I am sorry, I don't follow the logic of 'from' not making sense, that one sort of writing is different from another sort of writing makes perfect sense to me, and different than still seems totally wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all trades View Post
    I don't think I'd use it, but the example didn't bother me, so I looked it up.

    "Different than is common in American English, but might sound strange to British ears, and in the UK, different to is a common alternative that is seldom used in the US. When in doubt, stick with different from. However, note that there is a time and place for different than.

    Is It “Different From” or “Different Than”? | Dictionary.com Blog blog.dictionary.com/different-from-or-..."
    That explains my initial aversion to 'different to'. Most British phrasing doesn't bother me -- I actually rather like much of it -- but this one clanks against my ear like a drummer's rim-shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggsworth View Post
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    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
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    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel


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    All make sense to me. After so many years of benefiting from communication with persons less well versed in English grammatical minutiae, I'm way more forgiving than I used to be.
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    For me 'he was different to the other boys' means that he behaved towards them in a way that was different from the way he behaved to some other non-specific group of boys; he behaved this way to group A, but behaved differently to group B. The 'to' relates to behaviour, not difference.
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