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adjective, adverb, pronoun same pronunciation in American English /seɪm/
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Same can be used in the following ways:
as an adjective (after “the,” “this,” “that,” “these,” or “those”): We both went to the same school.Our new competitors are those same people who once asked us to help them.
as a pronoun (after “the”): I’d do the same if I had the chance.
as an adverb (after “the”): The twins always dress the same.
The same is often followed by “as” or “that”: Three-twelfths is the same as a quarter.I’ve got the same problem as you.It’s the same film that they showed last year.
In informal spoken English “the” is sometimes left out before same: We’ll meet again next week, same time, same place. But in written English same is almost always used with “the,” “this,” “that,” etc.
  1. 1
    used for saying that a particular person or thing is the one that you are referring to and not a different one
    Sometimes U.N. troops and their commanders may not even speak the same language.
    the same... as: We were staying at the same hotel as my parents.
    the same... that: Was this the same Timothy Evans that Carol had gone to school with?
    this/that/these/those same: At first many schools resisted the reforms, but those same schools are now seeing the most improvement.
    the very same (=exactly the same): I was born on the very same day that my father died.
    “Do you mean Vendelin Gajdusek, the Czech writer?” “The very same!”
  2. 2
    exactly like another person, thing, or way of doing something
    She did not want to make the same mistake again.
    The two pictures look the same to me – I can’t tell them apart.
    the same... as: Her eyes are the same color as yours.
    Animals feel pain the same as we do.
    just the same: Kevin gets bored very quickly. His Dad was just the same.
    much the same (=almost the same): Stuart’s opinion on this subject was much the same as mine.
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  3. 3
    used for saying that someone or something has not changed
    The government policy has remained the same since 1991.
    the same as: “How is Frances?” “Oh, she’s still the same as always.”
    much the same (=almost the same): The countryside looks much the same as it did 200 years ago.
  4. 4
    used for saying that one number, amount, price, etc. is equal to another
    The four sides of a square are all the same length.
    the same as: One centimeter is the same as ten millimeters.
    A one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco costs almost the same as a five-bedroom house in Omaha.
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