This is probably easy, but I'm confused right now and I was too clumsy to find an answer through Google. Which sentence is correct?

  1. He is in the same school as John
  2. He is in the same school as John's

The first one is correct.

The second one means "He is in the same school as John's school," which is so clunky that I can't even figure out whether it's technically correct or not.

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    Alas, what you can and can't figure isn't dispositive. They're both fine, either "He's in the same school as John [is in]" or "He's in the same school as John's [school]." – deadrat Nov 25 '15 at 8:50
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    @deadrat: can you give an example of a normal-sounding sentence that uses the second construction? ?"He's in the same school as mine" sounds equally bad to me. Does it really sound fine to you? – sumelic Nov 25 '15 at 8:52
  • @sumelic "Normal sounding"? What's the definition of that? But, I'll try. How about "You hold an opinion that's not the same as mine"? – deadrat Nov 25 '15 at 8:56
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    That's slightly different, though. There is no noun after the word "same." That sentence does sound acceptable to me, but something like ?"Do you hold the same opinion as mine?" is not acceptable in my judgement. – sumelic Nov 25 '15 at 8:57
  • @deadrat: However, it does seem that "the same opinion as mine" is a phrase that's used in real life, and that is parallel in structure to "the same school as John's." – sumelic Nov 25 '15 at 9:00

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