What makes this different from correct

If I could, I’d ask the Yahoo! Style writer if she knows what makes this wording different from, say, the correct wording:

The American Heritage Dictionary covers the use of different than and different from. Here’s the part that’s relevant, though you may want to read the full discussion:

Traditionally, from is used when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from [not than] yours. Note that noun phrases, including ones that have clauses in them, also fall into this category: The campus is different from the way it was the last time you were here.

This is no different from the others

Why does this happen so often of Yahoo!? This time it’s on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

diff than sty hp

This is so different from correct. According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

Traditionally, from is used when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from [not than] yours.

Much different from the correct word

This excerpt from Yahoo! Style is an example of a word that’s much different from the correct word:

much different than sty

This is so different

This little paragraph from Yahoo! Style is so different from what you’d expect from a senior editor:

us mortals sty

Wouldn’t you expect that someone with that title would know to use different from us and not different than us? Maybe that’s asking too much of someone who thinks that us can be the subject of a verb. It can’t. The fact is, we mere mortals who read Yahoo! know more about grammar than its “senior editors.”

A little different from correct

Readers’ opinion of this is a little different from most yahoo.com staffers’.

fp little different

The comparison that’s here is between an 11-year-old’s first day of school and most kids. But it should be between an 11-year-old’s first day of school and most kids’ first day of school. To accomplish that, the writer should have included an apostrophe with kids. And should have used “different from” instead of “different than.”

This is very different from correct

This is very different from correct. But that’s not surprising since it’s from the Yahoo! front page:

fp different than 2

This couldn’t be any more different from correct

From the Yahoo! front page:

fp different than do

How it’s different from the correct word

How is this different from the correct word? Well, for one thing, it appears on the Yahoo! front page, where use of the correct word is purely optional:

fp how its different than

Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary has to say about why this is different from correct:

According to traditional guidelines, from is used when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from (not than) yours. Different than is more acceptably used, particularly in American usage, where the object of comparison is expressed by a full clause: The campus is different than it was 20 years ago. Different from may be used with a clause if the clause starts with a conjunction and so functions as a noun: The campus is different from how it was 20 years ago.·

I wanted something totally different from this

I wanted something totally different from this sentence on the Yahoo! front page:

fp different than ink

I was looking for a grammatically correct sentence — one that included different from and not different than.

So different from good

The writing on Yahoo! Shine is so different from the writing you find on legitimate news sites. Although every site contains some errors, no other site displays quite as many grammatical errors as Shine. The writers even manage to make multiple grammar gaffes in a single sentence:

The subject of a sentence beginning with each is grammatically singular, so “each of these women does have” is correct. These writers are no different from you or me: They want to do a good job. But they are unskilled and lack the support of competent editors.

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