the exchange between the teacher and the student promotes learning far different from that which results as the student listens but does not participate.

I think: it should be "differently", since "learning" is just an abstract concept. To make it concrete so an adjective can be added to modify it, it should be "a learning". And since "different" indicate there are difference types of learning, "a learning", one of its kind, is more appropriate...

  • Definitely "different." – Konrad Gajewski Jul 10 '15 at 16:18
  • Differently than ... vs Different from – dockeryZ Jul 16 '15 at 0:50

Everything preceding the word "different" in your example sentence is irrelevant.

Differently than


Different from

You cannot say

My father looks different than me

just like you cannot say

My father looks differently from me.

  • That's sort of true, except you could say, "My father looks differently than I." And you cannot reduce this to a rule of "differently than vs. different from," as syntactical circumstances — not the word immediately following — determine whether the word is "differently" or "different." For example, grammar.com/different-from-vs-different-than – Jake Regier Jul 16 '15 at 1:11
  • Yes, but then differently would be describing looks, making it an adverb. My father looks differently than I would mean that my father actually looks (with his eyes 0¿O) differently. – dockeryZ Jul 16 '15 at 1:16
  • I just but a question: how can you say without the sentence looking awkward: "it's no different for men than it is for women." – most venerable sir Jul 16 '15 at 23:54

You'd use "differently" if "learning" was the verb "learn" in continuous form (-ing). However here it's quite clearly a noun describing the process, so "different" is an adjective - adverb wouldn't work here.

  • Differently can modify promote......... – most venerable sir Jul 10 '15 at 17:02
  • Sure, but then it wouldn't make sense? promote differently? – MightyPork Jul 10 '15 at 17:04
  • Like in a different way – most venerable sir Jul 10 '15 at 17:04

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