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1) My parents treated us all the same when we were kids.

2) You can treat "X" the same as "Y".


Does "the same" here mean "the same way"?

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Yes.

CJ

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CalifJim

Yes.

CJ

Is it because of the verb "treat" that here we can omit "way" from "the same way"? Or do we sometimes use "the same" to mean "the same way" in English?

Rizan Malik
CalifJim

Yes.

CJ

Is it because of the verb "treat" that here we can omit "way" from "the same way"? Or do we sometimes use "the same" to mean "the same way" in English?

Yes, 'the same' can mean 'the same way'. It can also mean other things:

Only a quarter of Americans expect the law to improve their personal health care, says a new Gallup poll. About a third say it will stay the same, 39 percent expect their care to worsen.

stay the same = not change ~ stay as it is now

About a third of Americans say health care will neither improve nor worsen.

CJ

CalifJim

Only a quarter of Americans expect the law to improve their personal health care, says a new Gallup poll. About a third say it will stay the same, 39 percent expect their care to worsen.

stay the same = not change ~ stay as it is now

About a third of Americans say health care will neither improve nor worsen.

CJ

Does this also make sense: About a third say it will stay the same way?

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Rizan MalikDoes this also make sense: About a third say it will stay the same way?

Yes, that makes sense, too, but it wasn't the first thing that came to mind for me when I read the sentence. I thought of "not change" first.

CJ

Just one last question:

CalifJim
Rizan MalikDoes this also make sense: About a third say it will stay the same way?

Yes, that makes sense, too, but it wasn't the first thing that came to mind for me when I read the sentence. I thought of "not change" first.

CJ

But when you read the following sentence, do you think of "the same way" first?


My parents treated us all the same when we were kids.

Yes.

CJ

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