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When saying two things look similar but have some minor differences, which one is correct to say?

  1. "they both are not the same"
  2. "they both are not same"
  • "The two things are not the same" or "not identical". We would only use 'both' when referring to something that two people or things do have in common, as in "They are both red". – Kate Bunting Mar 1 '18 at 9:02
  • The nearest you would get to using both in a comparison is when two things are being compared to a third and saying that they are different. In other words 'Both A and B are different from C'. Even when comparing two things with a third we would not use 'both are not the same' if they both differed from the third. We would say 'Neither A nor B is the same as C' – BoldBen Mar 1 '18 at 10:03

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