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I need to determine a rule as to why the answer is C.

A.) Jumping off of a balance beam is different from jumping off a trampoline; each jump requires a unique skill.

B.) Jumping off a balance beam is different from jumping off a trampoline; each jump requires a unique skill.

C.) Jumping off a balance beam is different from jumping off a trampoline; each jump requires a unique skill.

D.) Jumping off a balance beam is different from jumping off a trampoline, each jump requires a unique skill.

  • English II -

    Correction: B= than jumping instead of from jumping

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    What's the difference between C and D?

    When you use "different from" something, you need to have a noun (or noun form, such as this -- a gerund) after it.

    When you use "different than" something, you need to have a clause (w/ subject and verb) after it.

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    C has a semi-colon. D has a comma.

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    http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/d.html

    Scroll down to find "different."

    =)

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    Ok, I have the write answer which is C.. But why would it be right?

    The diff between C,D= semicolon

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    Oh, I see it now.

    Do you see my answer? Understand??

    ??

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    I see how it can be different from, but there are like 2 other sentences with different from

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    I understand why they are wrong, I just can't like figure out the rule.

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    I gave you the rule above:

    "different from" ~~> noun or noun phrase
    "different than" ~~> clause

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    Ok, I see now. Thank you!

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    YW!!

    Here's another source if you need it:
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/grammarlogs3/grammarlogs427.htm
    Scroll almost all the way to the bottom to read about this issue. An authority is named here, too.

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