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Use of Prepositions with Differ and Different

29/03/17 Use of Prepositions with Differ and Different

Differ and Different

Different From or Than? Differ From or With?

Different from is usually a better choice. Different than can be smoother idiomatically when than substitutes for from what:
In defamation law, after New York Times v. Sullivan “malice” meant something different than it did before.

To differ from something is to deviate from it:
Your numbers differ from mine.

To differ with someone is to disagree with that person:
I have to differ with you about those numbers.


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