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    #1

    He has a problem similar to mine.

    1) He has a problem similar to mine.
    2) He has a similar problem to mine.
    Which is correct? If both are correct, which is more common?
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #2

    Re: He has a problem similar to mine.

    Google has 66,300 hits for "has a similar problem to mine" and 26,100 hits for "has a problem similar to mine".
    So, 2) seems to be more common.

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    #3

    Re: He has a problem similar to mine.

    They're fine. I could use either.

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    #4

    Re: He has a problem similar to mine.

    And "like mine" is more natural.

    (Besides, like is so misused and abused that we should jump at every chance we get to use it correctly!)
    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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    #5

    Re: He has a problem similar to mine.

    ... a similar problem like mine is not correct in BrE.

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