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    I know that this is right: They are the same height.
    But is it possible to say: They have the same height.
    If so, what's the difference?

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    Default Re: be or have

    Only the first is possible if talking about people.

    The second is possible, but not as natural, if talking about an object. Like, "There should be no problem installing the new refrigerator. Both it and the old one have the same height."

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    Default Re: be or have

    If I am talking about pets should I use the first one?

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    Default Re: be or have

    I would.

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    Default Re: be or have

    Thank you. One last thing when we tell others our weight, height etc. do I have to use the verb to be or the verb to have?

    e.g. I have 56 kg or I am 56 kg.

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    Default Re: be or have

    If we say "they have the same height" of two people, we mean they have the same height measurement or answer on an assignment, e.g. measuring the height of a tower with trigonometry. The height of the actual people requires "to be."

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    Default Re: be or have

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Thank you. One last thing when we tell others our weight, height etc. do I have to use the verb to be or the verb to have?

    e.g. I have 56 kg or I am 56 kg.
    I would use neither. I would say "I weigh 56kg".

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