Is this correct in English?

@youless (94224)
Guangzhou, China
December 21, 2011 3:28am CST
There is a famous quote like: Think different. However, in my opinion I think it should be "Think differently". It will make sense in grammar. What do you think?
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@urbandekay (18312)
21 Dec 11
You are correct. Think different is bad English The Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive guide to the English Language, states different is an adjective all the best
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@owlwings (39870)
• Cambridge, England
21 Dec 11
It's not 'bad' English, though it may appear to be grammatically incorrect. See my exposition (about the use of adjectives and the reason why saying less may actually say more) below.
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@urbandekay (18312)
21 Dec 11
An interesting exposition but I don't agree it is a contraction in the manner you suggest. The acid test in English is how it sounds and 'Think different' grates on English ears and sounds awful all the best urban
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@owlwings (39870)
• Cambridge, England
21 Dec 11
I can only say that those people who are inclined to be over-pedantic should regard "Think different" as a recursive function (in programming terms). "Think different" actually derives its aphoristic vitality from being 'different', grammatically. Such things are the lifeblood of "thinking English".
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• United States
25 Dec 11
Yes you are correct. Sadly many fluent English speakers don't use proper English.I would say Think Differently .
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@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Dec 11
I am glad that I am correct.
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• China
22 Dec 11
I gree with you.In my humble opinion,different is an adjective which can only be used as attribute and predicative instead of adverbial.I wonder where its source is.
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@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Dec 11
I learned this quote from Steve Jobs.
• Davao, Philippines
22 Dec 11
I'm also familiar with that quote, "Think Different"...Well that's okay, nothing wrong with it grammatically.Think different! that is in a passive form, in a form of an imperative sentence. It is considered that "You" is the hidden subject, while the verb (predicate) is think and the object is 'different' which is a noun here..that carries more of an adverb meaning...What ever...but for me, this is correct grammar. Think differently is correct, too. No Problem...
@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Dec 11
I appreciate to your comment.
@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Dec 11
hi youless I really believe you are correct that think differently is a better construct than think different. I think it is more] grammamatically correct.Let me check on mylot engine and see if we are right.
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@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Dec 11
The first time I heard this quote is from Steve Jobs.
@shskumbla (3341)
• India
21 Dec 11
I am not an expert in English.English changes place to place.In India we tell "think differently"
@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Dec 11
English is one of the official languages in India.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
21 Dec 11
Grammar rules - We need to follow the correct English rules, which is very important in our learning English.
Grammatically speaking, we say "think differently", because we need to use an adverb to modify the verb "think". When we learn English, we need to follow its grammar rules to learn correct English, which is very important for us learners. Take care.
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@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Dec 11
We have the same view here, otherwise I will not have such a doubt. I just feel strange why it can be posted officially.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
21 Dec 11
I am not an expert in English bit I tend to agree with you, it does sound better, be interesting to see if maybe an English teacher or someone could comment on this..
@youless (94224)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Dec 11
I appreciate to your comment.
@shskumbla (3341)
• India
21 Dec 11
According to me also "Think differently" is correct.We, in India use "think differently". I am not good in English.
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