This usage note (that isn't a ===Usage notes===) is just strange. I can almost understand what it is trying to convey about British English, but, not quite. "Expressed elliptically"? Indeed. --Connel MacKenzie T C 13:29, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
More different than?
I believe that when used in the different than form, the adjective becomes incomparable, and thus it does not make sense to say more different than. WilliamKF 23:13, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Can anyone explain to me how "different than" is ever correct? It's not a comparative word, is it? (The entry itself says "more different" is the comparative form.) And if it is, what is the superlative form? Difestent? --Buddy13 01:29, 12 November 2009 (UTC)
- Plenty of illogical, traditionally incorrect things in English are now acceptable through widespread usage. Equinox ◑ 19:56, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
- Not everything that's in widespread usage is correct, though. It would potentially be useful (for those learning English) to clarify the different variants. "Different than" is widespread and accepted in less well-educated circles in the US but not common otherwise. "Different to" is correctly claimed to be in widespread usage but still makes the speaker appear thick as a plank. I take exception to saying that "different to" is more common in the UK, as the entry implies that it's somehow more correct. "Different from", "Similar to". Easy. 220.127.116.11
- In my mind, when visualising "difference" there are two forms that I might want to use:
- different than, which is essentially scalar. Two quantities A and B are being compared. A is different than B merely says they are different. As a British English speaker that sounds the least elegant to me, but there you go.
- different from, where A different from B to me suggests A <- B, and that B is a basis for the comparison. This is then a vector, with directionality of comparison. Illuminatusds (talk) 10:37, 5 February 2015 (UTC)