"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, 2012 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. Aug 24, 2012 at 11:54
  • I've only heard "the same like" from Cantonese friends.
    – Wudang
    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:02
  • Sorry I meant friends whose native language is Cantonese speaking Chinese Pidgin English.
    – Wudang
    Aug 24, 2012 at 12:06

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