One-Point English Lesson: Different, Similar, The Same

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He has the same dog as her!

When we compare things or people, we can use different, similar, and the same. Let’s have a look at these three today. All three are used as adjectives.

Different means not the same. We use different + noun:

  • New York and San Francisco are different cities.
  • Jack and Jenny have different ideas about decorating the living room.
  • We have different classes on Tuesdays.

We also use different + from:

  • New York is different from San Francisco.
  • Jack’s ideas about decorating the living room are different from Jenny’s.
  • My classes on Tuesdays are different from yours.

Similar means almost identical or very close to the same. We use similar + noun:

  • A taco and a burrito are similar foods.
  • Jack and Jenny have similar ideas about painting the house.
  • Biology and Chemistry majors often take similar classes.

We also use similar + to:

  • A taco is similar to a burrito.
  • Jack’s ideas about painting the house are similar to Jenny’s.
  • Biology majors’ required classes are similar to Chemistry major’s classes.

The same means identical. Because the same is a unique and specific relationship, we use the same, so the structure is the same + noun:

  • Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe are the same people.
  • Jack and Jenny have the same ideas about painting the house.
  • Biology and Chemistry majors often take many of the same classes.

We also use the same as:

  • Tom’s house is the same as mine.
  • Jack’s ideas about painting the house are the same as Jenny’s.
  • Biology majors’ required classes are the same as Chemistry major’s classes.

We also use the same noun as:

  • Tom’s house is the same size as mine.
  • You have the same pen as I have.
  • Biology majors’ take the same classes as Chemistry major’s do.

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