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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Different from/different than

Than ordinarily is used with comparative adjectives. For example, better than, stronger than. But different is not a comparative. Therefore, statements such as "Her cake is different than mine" are not considered good usage. "Her cake is different from mine" is preferred. Use different than when a clause is to follow. For example, "This house is different than it was when I lived here."

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