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I was quite impressed when I saw Lebron shaking hands with people.

  1. He shakes hands with blacks in a different way from he does with whites.

  2. He shakes hands with blacks in different ways from he does with whites.

I know I can say like this: "He shakes hands with blacks in the same way as he does with whites.". I think different from and the same as is kind of similar, and that's why I think #1 and #2 is possible to use, I'm not sure which one is right among a different way and different ways though. But, in that from is a preposition, I'm not sure it's right grammatically. So,

  1. He shakes hands with blacks in a different way from the way he does with whites.

I think it is the best.

  1. The way of him shaking hands with whites and blacks are different.

I think is it right as it is, without any worries

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  • I think in 1 and 2 a 'how' is missing after 'from'. Ought to be "...in a different way from how he does [it] with whites." Just a feeling, I got nothing to prove it. Aug 13, 2015 at 15:08
  • Other alternatives: He doesn't use the same handshake with whites that he uses with blacks. His handshake with whites is different from the one he uses with blacks. He shakes hands with whites differently than he does with blacks.
    – TimR
    Aug 13, 2015 at 20:28

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Number 3 is correct, but long. Numbers 1 and 2 would be ok if you use "than" instead of "from". I would rephrase number 4 as "The way he shakes hands with whites and blacks is different." Here, you must use "is different" because "the way" is singular.

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Simple fix:

He shakes hands with blacks in a different way from how he does with whites.

(HOW functions as a relative adverb, meaning "the way in which".

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