Americans say “Scuba-diving is different from snorkeling,” the British often say “different to” (though most UK style guides disapprove), and many say “different than, ” though to some of us this sounds weird. However, though certain conservatives object, you can usually get away with “different than” if a full clause follows: “Your pashmina shawl looks different than it used to since the cat slept on it.”

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