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When comparing words, do you say

"X means the same as Y"

or

"X means the same thing as Y"

I understand you could get around this and be more clear by saying :

"X has the same meaning as Y"

or any other clearer formulation, but I am genuinely curious about choosing between the two phrases above.

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'The same' has a determiner and an adjective, so it is leading to a noun. 'As' is not a noun, so the noun must have been elided. The most basic noun is 'thing', so that is what can be implied and inferred. PS: this 'as Y' is also a shortcut, for 'that Y [repeat verb]': 'X means the same [thing] that Y means.'

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Same can be either an adjective or a pronoun. They are both correct.

After all these years you look exactly the same. (pronoun)
I am talking about the same thing. (adjective)

  • No, that's not right. When you say the same, that is not a noun. You can't have *two sames. – tchrist May 2 '18 at 5:21
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    @tchrist Looks like it might be a typo, since "pronoun" is mentioned the line before. Violet Bear, you should edit your question. – Laurel May 2 '18 at 5:30
  • Thank you. I've just edited it. Yes, it's a pronoun – Violet Bear Jun 4 '18 at 12:17
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They are both equally correct.

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    Please provide some basis for the conclusion you offer here; without further argument or explanation, the conclusion is not especially helpful to reader who wants to understand your thinking. – Sven Yargs Feb 23 '16 at 0:18

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