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    a same day, a same routine - is it possible?

    Hi everybody!
    I've come across some unusual phrases "a same name, a same day, etc". Would you consider them acceptable? An why not standard "the" then? Below there are some of such examples.
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    1.Very different diseases are lumped together under a same name because they merely share the same clinical expression
    2.A same routine is defined as experiencing the exact actions from shot one to shot two
    3.It was also a grenade attack as three of them died. Four others were wounded. And in a same day, another soldier was killed
    4. All objects issued from a same class do not have the same state at a same moment; they share only the same behavior


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    Re: a same day, a same routine - is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by olena907 View Post
    Hi everybody!
    I've come across some unusual phrases "a same name, a same day, etc". Would you consider them acceptable? An why not standard "the" then? Below there are some of such examples.
    Thanks in advance

    1.Very different diseases are lumped together under a same name because they merely share the same clinical expression.
    This doesn't necessarily sound incorrect, but it is unnatural. It sounds much better to say "the same name." It sounds better with the definite article because you're talking about the same name that different diseases are placed under. "Same" is referencing something definite or something already established or discussed.
    2.A same routine is defined as experiencing the exact actions from shot one to shot two
    When you're defining a noun and using complete sentences, the indefinite article is usually used. For example, in some text the author could mention paradigms, and thinking that people may not know what a paradigm is, they'll define it by saying "a paradigm is.." or "a paradigm describes.."
    3.It was also a grenade attack as three of them died. Four others were wounded. And in a same day, another soldier was killed
    This is simply incorrect. The author is referencing a particular day that they've already mentioned (same day), so it should be "in/on the same day."
    4. All objects issued from a same class do not have the same state at a same moment; they share only the same behavior
    Just as in sentence 3 "the same day," "same" references something definite or already established. Therefore "a similar
    class," but "the same class."
    Hope this helps!

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: a same day, a same routine - is it possible?

    Thank you very much! It's so informative.

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