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Is this correct use of the words - can it be said like this?

The 2 keyboards are exactly the same except the y and z keys are in different places?

Can you say something is exactly the same except...

  • To clarify things, you can indeed say something is exactly the same "except a couple keys are in different places." However, FumbleFingers' suggested change, "transposed," would be an improvement. – David Blomstrom Jan 15 '16 at 0:59
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...except [that] the y and z keys are transposed

Cause (two or more things) to exchange places (oxforddictionaries)

(As only two keys are in different places, they must have swapped/exchanged locations.)

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The answer is yes.

The only caveat is that, you would probably want to replace the numeral 2 with "two" to make it look like proper English. Also, I think it would look a little better with a comma, though it's probably correct either way. Maybe someone else can correct me regarding the comma.

The two keyboards are exactly the same, except the y and z keys are in different places.

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