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A: What do you want to eat for dinner?

B : No difference/No different.

Which is correct and why?

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It certainly wouldn't be no deference! Voting to close as not constructive. –  FumbleFingers Feb 6 '12 at 16:46
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If someone asked what you want for dinner and you say, "No deference", that would mean that you refuse to give in to someone else's dinner preference. :-) –  Jay Feb 6 '12 at 16:55
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@Fumble: You're just not showing the proper difference to the OP. Deferent strokes for deferent folks. –  Robusto Feb 6 '12 at 17:01
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closed as not a real question by FumbleFingers, Will Hunting, Robusto, RiMMER, kiamlaluno Feb 6 '12 at 21:47

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No difference is a noun phrase, whereas no different is an adjective phrase. Compare:

This candidate's agenda is no different from that one's.

There is no difference between the agenda of the two candidates.

As regards your particular example, I agree with @Will in that "anything" would be a better response than no difference. No different would be completely wrong.

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Or "no preference". –  Sean Duggan Feb 6 '12 at 17:37
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Or "It makes no difference to me". –  DJClayworth Feb 6 '12 at 17:41
    
thanks guys... usually i said no difference.. i mean of no difference is that " There is no difference for me to what eating" so i thought i can put it on short form look like "no difference". Anything is better, but from the grammatical point of view there is no grammatical problem in "no difference" am i right? –  Danial Feb 6 '12 at 18:07
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Neither one is correct. You would say “It makes no difference (to me)”.

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You may use "anything", "nothing", rather than "no difference". Please see make no difference

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