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    the five same pens or the same five pens

    Suppose that there were different types of pens on a table. You asked your friend to take no more than five for his personal use. He picked five identical ones.

    I have written down a sentence below.

    (1) The five same pens or The same five pens he chose were the most expensive.

    What is the correct order of the words " five and same" when I am referring to the five identical pens? Please help me. Thanks.

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    Re: the five same pens or the same five pens

    Same doesn't work there. Write The five identical pens he chose were the most expensive ones.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the five same pens or the same five pens

    Neither works. Goes' suggestion is good. You could also say something like:

    - The pens he chose were all alike and were the most expensive.
    - The pens he chose were the same and cost the most.
    - He chose five matching pens. They had the highest prices of all of them.
    - He chose five identical pens, the most expensive of the lot.
    - He picked five that were just like each other and carried the heftiest price tags.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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