differ vs vary : Common Errors in English

About differ vs vary

“Vary” can mean “differ,” but saying “our opinions vary” makes itsound as if they were changing all the time when what you really meanis “our opinions differ.” Pay attention to context when choosing oneof these words.

differ Meaning(s)

  • (v) be different
  • (v) be of different opinions

vary Meaning(s)

  • (v) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  • (v) be at variance with; be out of line with
  • (v) be subject to change in accordance with a variable
  • (v) make something more diverse and varied

differ in News

  1. Ethics officer proposed for Tallahassee, but opinions differ on creating a position

    By TaMaryn Waters | Democrat staff writer @tamarynwaters on Twitter -- Seven members of the city's Ethics Advisory Panel agree an ethics officer, a new position for the city of Tallahassee, is needed. There are differences of opinion about whether the position should be appointed.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Tallahassee Democrat

  2. State taxes = pricey 6-packs

    Because local levies differ drastically depending on regional politics, where you live has a lot to do with what you pay.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MSN

  3. Senators differ on value of phone records program

    Senators differ on value of phone records program WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are divided about whether there's evidence that the government's phone records collection program has kept the United States safe. [...] the committee chairman, Democratic Dianne Feinstein of California, contends the program helped disrupt a 2009 plot to bomb New York City's ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: San Francisco Chronicle

vary in News

  1. Researcher: Tribes vary greatly on medical studies

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Native American tribes are interested in taking part in medical research studies but tribes vary greatly on what is considered culturally acceptable, a Native American public health investigator said Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Fargo Forum

  2. Beliefs vary among Native American tribes about acceptable medical studies, researcher says

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Native American tribes are interested in taking part in medical research studies but tribes vary greatly on what is considered culturally acceptable, a Native American public health investigator said Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Karlovy Vary Film Festival Sets 2013 Lineup with Restored Hitchcock Film 'The Ring' and 'Heaven's Gate'

    The lineup for the 48th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has been set. The festival held in the Czech Republic will run from June 28-July 6 and screen more than 200 films with six world and seven international premieres. While the slate for the main competition was announced last week, the films included in the Out of the Past section were just announced today and include the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: indieWIRE

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