Without more context, I assume that "Everything tasted pretty much the same" that the taste of everything was identical. I wouldn't use "in pretty much the same way" because that says to me that "everything" is doing the tasting. However, if you leave out the "in" in that phrase you are doing fine.Originally Posted by ai
I would call "the same" a complement of the sentence in question.
It's a pretty common English expression.
- A: How are things?
B: The same. It's the same today as it was yesterday.
There is no reason that I can see to use past perfect there. The writer (or speaker) is commenting on something that happened in the past and was finished in the past. To use past perfect you have to establish a context for it.Originally Posted by ai
Originally Posted by ai
- It was too much of a coincidence to be accidental.
- It was so much of a coincidence that I don't believe it was a coincidence.
Does that help?