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Mar 26 2009   5:20PM GMT

Common grammar errors – than or from?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Their plan for public Wi-Fi is somewhat different __________ our plan for extending broadband access.
a. than
b. from

Answer: b

Explanation: Things are logically different from one another.

This one slips under the radar a lot because when we speak, we often say something is different than something else. Using the word “than” after different is incorrect.

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  • VelameLaCosa
    I there anything wrong with this sentence? [B][I]I hope you, like me are happy to see these changes.[/I][/B]
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  • Jlanett
    Velame, The correct punctuation would be: I hope you, like me, are happy to see these changes. But that leaves the question -- do you really want to say "me are happy?" It might be better just to rewrite the sentence and say: I hope you like the changes. I know I do!
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  • JohnCowan
    "DIfferent" functions as a comparative adjective, even though it is formally positive. "A mouse is different than a rat" is semantically parallel to"A mouse is smaller than a rat". The construction has been used by innumerable standard authors, and is entirely grammatical. As for "you like me are happy", it's fine. "Like" can be a preposition as well as a conjunction.
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