I have seen the phrase "different than
" used, incorrectly, several times over the last month (here on E2, and in other media). This is an understandable mistake
for non-native English users, but most of us should know better.
The only time it is appropriate to say "different than" is when you are comparing
the different-ness of several things with respect to another thing: "With respect to pears, oranges are more different than apples". Beyond this unusual comparative use, it is proper to say "different from": "Apples are different from pears, but oranges are even more different from pears than apples."
The example of misuse
at hand is the CD sleeve from Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's Brainwave Suite - Delta
CD: "...audio tapes which are entirely different than
anything done before." If the usage had been "...more
different than anything...", "than" would be correct (if sloppy
); as it stands, it should be "...entirely different from
Remember: when comparing the extent of difference, use "more different than" or "less different than"; otherwise, use "different from