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    not (the) same

    Besides and also are very similar, if not (the) same, in meaning. It wouldn't be necessary to use both in the same sentence.

    Is 'the' required?

    Many thanks.

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    Smile Re: not (the) same

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Besides and also are very similar, if not (the) same, in meaning. It wouldn't be necessary to use both in the same sentence.

    Is 'the' required?

    Many thanks.
    It is required in written English, but it isn't so as far as informal English is concerned.

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    Re: not (the) same

    Hum... Even in ''informal'' English, ''the'' required. I wouldn't say it without...

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    Re: not (the) same

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    Hum... Even in ''informal'' English, ''the'' required. I wouldn't say it without...
    I meant informal spoken English.

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    Re: not (the) same

    Okay, I wouldn't say even that sentence like that. Sorry!

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    Red face Re: not (the) same

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    Okay, I wouldn't say even that sentence like that. Sorry!
    The same goes for me, I mean I wouldn't either, but people in my work sometimes use such utterances.

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    Re: not (the) same

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Besides and also are very similar, if not (the) same, in meaning. It wouldn't be necessary to use both in the same sentence.

    Is 'the' required?

    Many thanks.
    Yes, "the" is required here. It would be totally ungrammatical to omit it.

    adjective 1 (the same) exactly alike; not different or changed

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    Wink Re: not (the) same

    It's really unusual and ungrammatical to use same without the! But please have a look at my source of information I made use of:

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    Re: not (the) same

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    It's really unusual and ungrammatical to use same without the! But please have a look at my source of information I made use of:

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    It is very unusual to use same without 'the'. The only occasions I can think of are the 'same time, same place' mentioned in your source, or saying 'same again?' in a bar when you are buying the drinks.

    In kohyoongliat's sentence, 'the' is definitely required.


    Besides and also are very similar, if not (the) same, in meaning. It wouldn't be necessary to use both in the same sentence.

    Is 'the' required?
    The most worrying thing about this sentence is the meaning! Beside and also are not the same, and can be used in the same sentence.

    "Besides three dogs, he also had two cats."

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    Re: not (the) same

    Thanks for your replies.

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