Re: Different....'THAN' ..vs. FROM

Subject: Re: Different....'THAN' ..vs. FROM
From: Barry Batorsky <bbatorsk -at- nj -dot- devry -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 10:00:49 -0500


Muwonge,

I'm with you, but I think we are losing, maybe lost. How can something be "larger than" and "different than"? Wouldn't it have to be "differenter than"? But you can't reduce language to logic. I tell them it's a matter of taste, that there's no disputing taste. I then quietly, without comment, make the change in the sure hope that good taste and common sense will convert the barbarians.

Barry

At 01:12 PM 3/31/03 -0500, you wrote:


These days I hear 'different than' everywhere....and I mean everywhere!! I have diligently crossed out 'than' and replaced it with 'from'. I simply cannot forget my English teacher's rage at the 'murderers of the English language' (this was a different country guys).
Besides, as far as I know on this side of the pond, Princeton, NJ, (SAT, SSAT, GRE, etc.) will NOT let you get away with ' different than'.


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