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I have asked a question at the programming site, but I am not sure about my grammar, so I am going to ask here. Which is correct?

What are other languages same to F#?

What are other languages same as F#?

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Neither version is good English. I better way to phrase the question is "What other languages are similar to F#?". –  FumbleFingers Sep 27 '11 at 18:01

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You should use the word "similar" instead of "same" in this case.

"What are other languages similar to F#?" (or better yet, "What other languages are similar to F#?") would be correct and convey your intended meaning.

The phrases "similar to" and "the same as" convey slightly different meanings. "The same as" indicates that two things are identical in some way, while "similar to" means that they differ only slightly.

(The phrase "same to" is simply incorrect.)

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You need to say 'What other languages are the same as F#?'

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I would rather say, "Is there any language similar to F#?" or perhaps "What are the languages similar to F#?".

But English is my second language. So you might want more opinions from others.

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The expression "same to" does not exist in any variety of English, as far as I know. "Same as" is grammatical.

But I think mblase75 is right. You could say "What languages are same as F# in their handling of ... ", i.e. the same in some specific respect; but the only language which is the same as F# in general is F#.

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Thanks so much for your explanation. –  vietean Sep 27 '11 at 16:15

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