# “Not the same as” vs. “not the same like” [closed]

"Not the same as" and "not the same like" sound both strange to me (non-native speaker). Google finds both versions. Are both okay?

Is this phrasing used anyway or would people go for "different than/to"?

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The usage stats from the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) look as follows:

                        BNC    COCA

not the same as       255     888
not the same like       0       0


Google is not the best tool to determine what a native speaker would actually say.

As to "different than" vs. "different from" vs. "different to", see this question.

• Convincing! Thanks for those sources. Those are great! – Emanuel Aug 24 '12 at 11:52

Native speakers of English language say "the same as" (not "the same like"): "James is the same age as David", "David's salary is the same as mine", and go on. And the word "not" before the article "the" does not change that pattern.

• I think Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish people do too. – Barrie England Aug 24 '12 at 11:54
• I've only heard "the same like" from Cantonese friends. – Wudang Aug 24 '12 at 12:02
• Sorry I meant friends whose native language is Cantonese speaking Chinese Pidgin English. – Wudang Aug 24 '12 at 12:06