When we use word difference to compare two things, we say for example, 'Difference between Intel and AMD'. However, how can I use word difference with only one thing, for example, what will be correct:

  1. Difference with AMD
  2. Difference to AMD
  3. Difference from AMD

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The correct options are:

Difference with AMD is...
Different to ...
Different from...

"Difference with AMD is..." used when stating a characteristic of AMD that is unique or different from other similar objects. No real comparison is being made.

"Different to" and "Different from" are used intentionally to make comparisons, between another similar object, and "AMD". But, if you aren't comparing two things, then the second two options cannot be used. They are used only when comparing.

  • The second two options are incorrect when not comparing two explicit things.
    – Daniel
    Aug 4, 2011 at 11:54
  • 4
    I think the OP is asking about "Difference to~" and "DIfference than~", not "Different to~" and "Difference than~". Nov 25, 2016 at 18:29
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    What about the case of "The difference between Intel and AMD is smaller than their difference <???> XYZ"?
    – v_2e
    Jul 25, 2017 at 19:54

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