The difference between 違い and 違う

So I was speaking to a native Japanese speaker when they complimented me. I replied with 違い, however they corrected me and said it was 違う. Why is this so?

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違い is a noun meaning “difference”
違う is a verb meaning “to be different”

The former is not correct because you’re just saying “difference” whereas with the latter you are saying that “[it] is different”. Maybe you have heard 違います before, but this is a conjugation of the verb, it’s not the noun.

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Have you heard of the phenomenon where 違い is wrongly used as an adjective? Complete with 違くて and 違くない ?

https://www.nhk.or.jp/bunken/summary/kotoba/term/045.html

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I like this

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I’ve definitely heard it in anime before, which made me look it up.

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I guess I need to pay more attention to spot that, because I mainly just hear people saying 違う.

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Related, is 違う even the “best” answer in this case? I thought people would rather go 全然?

IIRC this is the first series where I noticed this.

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