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    #1

    same problem

    Dear teachers,

    Do these sentences read well?

    I've had the same problem as (the one I had) 3 years ago.
    The problem I am facing now is the same as 3 years ago.


    Thanks
    Last edited by Offroad; 18-Oct-2011 at 20:38.

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    #2

    Re: same problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Do these sentences read well?

    I've had the same problem as (the one I had) 3 years ago.
    The problem I am facing now is the same as 3 years ago.


    Thanks
    It depends what you mean. The first sentence means what it says. The second means the problem s/he first met three years ago remains unchanged' - it could be more clearly expressed as '... the same as it was three years ago. (For me, 'the one I had' and 'it was' are necessary for clarity; but they are often omitted.)

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