Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, different from/different than, Quiz, than
|Which is correct?
The software was ____________ the product the group had used before.
a. different from
b. different than
Answer: A (different from)
Although different than has become acceptable in casual writing, different from is the correct choice for formal writing. Think of it this way: You’d say “An apple differs from an orange,” not “An apple differs than an orange.”