think different or think differently?

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  1. janey macrumors 603

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    what do you think? think different is better but my english teacher thinks otherwise :rolleyes: :) ;) :p :D
     
  2. scem0 macrumors 604

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    well, gramatically it should be the adverbial form of 'different'
    making it 'think differently' but that just sounds wierd. ;)
     
  3. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    According to the chair of my Universities English department, "Think Different" is correct and "Think Differently" is incorrect (At least in this particular instance of usage). I wouldn't argue with a man who holds degress from Harvard, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins.
     
  4. scem0 macrumors 604

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    I would....... why? It must be some wierd technicality of the word
    'different'. I see....... wait no....... I don't see. Dictionary.com
    can't enlighten me. According to grammar 'Think Different' is
    incorrect (I think ;)), but it is correct according to how people
    speak modern English. Oh w/e. :eek:
     
  5. Nipsy macrumors 65816

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    Think differently is the correct usage in the traditional sense.

    'I want you to think differently and establish a new paradigm.'

    Think different is correct in a colloquial usage, but not in the adverbial sense.

    'Think geek. Think big. Think different.'

    Think differently implies that you should change your thought process. Think different implies that you should think about something different.

    This is according to my ex-housemate, a Stanford PhD linguist, and his consultations with tomes written by some famous grammarian.

    Yes, I am aware I just said 'famous grammarian'.
     
  6. scem0 macrumors 604

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    That sounds right to me.

    In fact, that was kinda what I was trying to say, but it just came
    out differently. :eek: :rolleyes: ;)
     
  7. saint macrumors regular

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    This is part of a press release from Apple after they received some criticism when they first introduced the Think Different campaign:

    There is no way Apple would make a mistake like that in their biggest advertising campaign ever.
     
  8. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    cool...just wonderin because everyone's telling me it's incorrect english :rolleyes:
     
  9. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    Well, they actually are telling you to think in a different way:D

    For me is the same, when I was an exchange student between us we spoke english in our own way and it always made sence until we had to talk to some one from the US. I mean, we were expressing ourself without so much trouble, brazilians, germans, swis, colombians, you name it. We had our FEZ dialect.
     
  10. voicegy macrumors 65816

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    Those people who say the statement is inappropriate grammar are usually PC users.

    Case closed as far as I'm concerned, along with the Apple press release and the information provided from the learned people quoted above. Geesh, this campaign is SOOOO over, anyway!:eek:
     
  11. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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  12. Dignan macrumors 6502a

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    ever think that they might have put "think different" because they were thinking differently?

    HA HAAAA!
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Re: What I really think is ...

    Me thinks, smart people not so smart, if they continue to argue about a two word ad campaign for so long.

    Almost as bad as two rednecks arguing for years over whose farts smell the worst.
     
  14. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    this is definitely a case of PC (in the generic sense) envy... they are just befuddled by apple and attack anything about it. if MS had made the ad, they'd probably be fine. or something like that. different is an adjective. it modifies an unspecified noun, thus, as Nipsy pointed out, it's "think about something different."

    go tell your bitch english teacher she has no appreciation of ellipsis. this is not a colloquialism.
     
  15. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    i told her that and she still claims that it's incorrect english...and well she was a mac user :rolleyes:
     
  16. scem0 macrumors 604

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    did you even call her a bitch?!?!? :D :D
     
  17. PC Clone macrumors member

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    Ha!
     
  18. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    It seems like a command to me which would make it proper to say "think different"
     
  19. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    i almost did ;)
    I'm not gonna throw my hard earned A down the drain by calling her a bitch ;)
     
  20. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    hehe.
    Think Different by saying it 'think different'
     
  21. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    if your teacher can take away an A because you swore at her then you probably aren't well entrenched in that A. I mean in most schools your behavior will not effect your grade well not past liek 2nd grade atleast unless your a huge suckup ubergeek.
     
  22. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    someone once called her a bitch and she got him expelled.
    I have the highest A in all of her classes nevertheless i am not going to call her a bitch.
     
  23. scem0 macrumors 604

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    It is always good to be on your teachers good side.

    None of my teachers would expell and it wouldn't affect my grade
    except for my IPC (Integrated physics and chemistry) teacher,
    who is SUCH A BITCH. She gave me a referall for saying 'hell'.
    I said 'what the hell' and she gave me a referall! I wanted to
    slap her and scream "have you not heard every other student
    in this room cuss 999999 times, with words much worse than
    the most commonly used word in the ****ING bible?!?!" Well,
    it isn't the most commonly used word in the bible, but it certainly
    would get my point across ;).
     
  24. daniel77 macrumors 6502

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    i hate that. I have a habit of saying, for god sakes.. ok?

    and i have so far been asked to refrain from saying 'god' at school :rolleyes: yeah but we can watch 12 videos a semester in soc stud on buddhism and muslim and Allah and.. :rolleyes:

    on an unrelated note, anyone heard of the book, Savage Nation? I plan on brining it to school-what are they going to do? expell me for being a conservative?
     
  25. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    you told her really simply that it's ellipsis, you know, that RHETORICAL DEVICE that's common in literature where writers leave words out so that technically their sentences are fragments and their language incorrect, but their language is accepted as correct because it's really, truly what our language is for? at a high level, English isn't about a rulebook. Try some Emily Dickinson. some James Joyce, for God's sake. real english teachers don't spit on rhetorical talent. i believe in the dictionary and the grammar book as much as the next teacher, but you can't just look straight to the simple stuff. you need a high school/college level grammar that has "higher level" "rules," namely, here, ellipsis.

    i'll bet you $50 your teacher won't let you end sentences with prepositions--you should do it just to piss with her.

    to quote winston churchill (i think):
    "ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which i will not put."


    barring that, go with sun baked. who gives what she thinks? she's obviously one of those boxed in people set on not appreciating language for anything but a simplistic first-grade phenomenon where you have to say everything exactly as you mean it. she's someone who would enjoy Orwell's Newspeak--just one way to express any single emotion. phaugh. i have a sh*tty english teacher this year too, sorry. i HATE them, damned philistines. anyways, i'm done ranting.
     

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