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    #1

    I ordered the same dish that I ordered yesterday.

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask a question about the sentences below.

    1. I'm going to order the same dish that I ordered yesterday.
    2. I'm going to order the same dish as I ordered yesterday.

    Between the choices of that and as, which do you think is better?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I ordered the same dish that I ordered yesterday.

    I prefer 1, though I would actually say

    3. I'm going to order the same dish I ordered yesterday.

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    #3

    Re: I ordered the same dish that I ordered yesterday.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello,

    I found one scholar's opinion that interested me. May I share it with you?

    "The fact is that both as and that are acceptable. I want the same brand that I bought last time / After that experience he was never the same as he was before."

    Then the scholar makes this observation: "[T]he choice is made by deciding whether the idea of comparison (as) predominates over the mere wish to define (that)."

    Regarding your sentence, which idea do you feel predominates: comparison or a mere wish to define? (I shall keep my opinion to myself.)


    Credit for this information goes to Wilson Follett in his Modern American Usage (1980).

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    #4

    Re: I ordered the same dish that I ordered yesterday.

    Personally, I would probably use version 1, but don't have any problem at all with 2 or Rover_KE's suggestion no.3.

    To me, they all work.

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    #5

    Re: I ordered the same dish that I ordered yesterday.

    I prefer Rover's version. The other words are not needed.

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