different "from/to"

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Er.S.M.M.Hanifa

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Tamil
Hi,
In this sentence :
"This is different from/to that."
which preposition is rightly suited?
To me it looks that both are correct.
Please comment.
Thanks,
Er.S.M.M.Hanifa
 
  • Er.S.M.M.Hanifa

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    Tamil
    Mr. Copyright,
    I have seen the thread that you indicated.
    What I derive from it as follows:
    "This is different from that."(BE)
    "This is different than that." (AE)
    "This is different to that." (AE)
    Do you say I am correct?
    Please comment.
    Thanks,
    Er.S.M.M.Hanifa
     

    Copyright

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    American English
    You're an intelligent man and I don't have time to read the entire interesting thread right now, so I'll let you come to your own conclusions. I would, however, suggest the "different from" is also AE -- or maybe I've just lived in a BE-speaking region long enough that I don't know anymore. :)
     

    Forero

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    In AmE, different from requires an object. For example:

    He looks different from the way he looked yesterday.

    But different than allows the same constructions as its opposite, the same as:

    He looks different than he looked yesterday. [not from]
    He looks different than yesterday. [not from]

    Different to is BrE.
     
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