"differ than"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 12 17:40:42 UTC 2008

We're used to "different than", but I just saw my first use of "differ
than": "How does this prayer differ than the traditional text?" Google has
about *74,200 hits for the phrase. The first couple seem to be from
non-native writers who mean "different than", but it looks like most of the
hits are genuine V + Prep.***

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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