# English II

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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.

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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

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