(=dissimilarity) différence f
difference in sth [+size, colour, age] différence de qch
→ Look at the difference in size.
→ There's not much difference in colour between the two of them.
There's not much difference in age between us. Il n'y a pas une grande différence d'âge entre nous.
difference between différence entre
→ That is the difference between the two societies.
→ There's very little difference between them.
→ What's the difference between the various makes?
→ That's the difference between you and me.
to tell the difference between
→ Can you tell the difference between butter and margarine?
I can't tell the difference between them. Je suis incapable de les différencier.
→ I can't tell the difference between the twins.
to make a difference
(=be important) avoir de l'importance
It makes no difference. Ça n'a pas d'importance.
→ We had terrible rows, but it made no difference.
→ It makes no difference if you're a woman or a man.
→ Challenged about the age gap, he replied: "It makes no difference."
it makes no difference to me
(=is of no importance) cela m'est égal, cela m'est indifférent
→ It makes no difference to us whether he resigns or not.
to make a difference to sth
(=affect) avoir un effet sur qch
→ Where you live can make a difference to how you feel.
→ His resignation won't make any difference to the business.
to make all the difference
(=be a decisive factor) faire toute la différence
→ Exercise makes all the difference.
with a difference *
[holiday, job] pas comme les autres
(=disagreement) différend m , désaccord m
→ The talks collapsed because of irreconcilable differences.
to settle one's differences, to resolve one's differences résoudre la situation
→ They are learning how to resolve their differences.
a difference of opinion
(=disagreement) une divergence d'opinions
différence f → The difference is 8532. → What is the difference between 827 and 542? to split the difference couper la poire en deux
n différence f d'âge, écart m d'âge
→ There's quite a big age difference between us.
→ When the 50-year-old married his 25-year-old girlfriend, friends said the age difference was not important.
n différence f de buts
n décalage m horaire
→ What's the time difference between London and New York?