I was watching a German YouTuber asking the difference of normal pork and a special raw minced pork, and he said something too fast that was hard for me to grasp, but it sounds like:

Was ist der Unterschied zum Hackfleisch von normalen?

I was thinking that the expression could be:

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Hackfleisch und normalen Fleisch.

Not sure if I heard it correctly, but do native German speakers use "zu … von …" to express differences between two things/objects?

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    Just the other way round: In colloquial German you could hear Was ist der Unterschied von Hackfleisch zu normalem Fleisch?
    – Stef
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 21:17
  • I see, it was a little bit fast and I just hope to make sure how he expressed it. Thanks! Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 21:19

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To describe the difference between two objects one can use:

"Der Unterschied von ... zu ..."


"Der Unterschied zwischen ... und ..."

  • Is it possible to switch the positions of "von" and "zu" like in the post? Perhaps in daily/colloquial speech?
    – Marses
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 7:55
  • @Marses No you can't change the position of "von" and "zu".
    – Flo
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 9:36

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