Why not speak well?

Today, I heard a CNN anchor say, “It’s different than that…. ”

She ought to have said, “It’s different from that.”

So, why didn’t she? OK, it might have been a simple mistake, one that she realized in the moment she said it.

Probably not, though.

Teachers don’t use red markers anymore. Not using a red marker to correct a student’s writing is a mistake.


2 thoughts on “Why not speak well?

    • Yes. Thank you.
      Here’s the link to the following.

      What is the difference between “different from” and “different than”. I learned to say “Your opinion is different from mine” meaning “differs from mine”. However, I hear people say “…different than mine”. Are they simply wrong or is the latter accepted American usage? Are there cases where “different than” is correct? In British English, you’d want to avoid “different than” like the plague; in American English, it is not so loathed. The Oxford Guide to English Usage notes that “different than” is useful in constructions such as “I was a different man in 1935 than I was in 1916” or “The American theatre is suffering from a different malaise than ours.” In the example you give, I’d use “from.”
      Authority: The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage edited by R.W. Burchfield. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. 1996. Used with the permission of Oxford University Press.

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