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    #1

    "exact same" and "same exact"

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    exact same or US same exact
    — used as a more forceful way to say “same”
    ▪ We grow the exact same vegetables in our garden every year. ▪ They showed up at the party in the same exact outfits.

    Does "exact same" sound natural to AmE speakers? Does "same exact" sound natural to BrE speakers?

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    Re: "exact same" and "same exact"

    NOT A TEACHER...

    I have never heard of such phrases, but I have heard of "exactly the same."

    If I were the person who wrote these sentences, I would rather use "identicle."

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    #3

    Re: "exact same" and "same exact"

    Both examples sound OK to me.

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    Re: "exact same" and "same exact"

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi man View Post
    NOT A TEACHER...

    I have never heard of such phrases, but I have heard of "exactly the same."

    If I were the person who wrote these sentences, I would rather use "identicle."
    And I would rather use 'identical'

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    PS Spelling tip: words ending '-cle' often apply to small things - like a cuticle or a follicle or a cubicle. But by no means all such words do; and sometimes a not necessarily small thing like a muscle is named after a little metaphorical thing (musculus - a little mouse). Still, if you're wondering whether an ending should be '-cle' or '-cal', it's worth thinking how big it is.
    Last edited by BobK; 10-May-2011 at 12:57. Reason: PS added

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    Re: "exact same" and "same exact"

    PPS A more robust rule (fewer exceptions) is that words ending '-cle' are often nouns (for a similar reason - the Latin diminutive suffix -ulus: things that can take diminutive suffixes are often nouns. (Latin isn't everything, of course, but with this ending it often is!)

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