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The diverse array of successful portal banking systems around the world shows that post offices can provide many of the same services of banks.

This sentence is incorrect, and "of banks" should be replaced by "provided by banks". Although I understand why "provided by banks" is a better sentence to maintain parallelism, why is the original sentence incorrect? I thought it was the most concise.

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The word "same" takes the preposition "as" when used in this sense. "the same services of banks" is wrong.

The following are correct:

  • post offices can provide many of the same services as banks.
  • post offices can provide many of the services of banks.
  • post offices can provide many of the services provided by banks.
  • post offices can provide many of the services that banks do.

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