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No, you can't use "a" and "the" in the same way here. "The same way" need not refer to any way that has already been expressed, but can be used to refer forward to a way you're about to explain… or even simply imply a way from context.

Fundamentally, the problem is that using "a" would disconnect "same way" from A and B; it would no longer be aboutbreaks the particular comparison you're makingidiomatic "the same". "A same" makes no sense, but just any "same way"and "a way that happenedis the same", while grammatical, is quite clunky. So instead, the definite article takes over for both and it's merged to come alongbecome "the same way".

No, you can't use "a" and "the" in the same way here. "The same way" need not refer to any way that has already been expressed, but can be used to refer forward to a way you're about to explain… or even simply imply a way from context.

Fundamentally, the problem is that using "a" would disconnect "same way" from A and B; it would no longer be about the particular comparison you're making, but just any "same way" that happened to come along.

No, you can't use "a" and "the" in the same way here. "The same way" need not refer to any way that has already been expressed, but can be used to refer forward to a way you're about to explain… or even simply imply a way from context.

Fundamentally, the problem is that using "a" breaks the idiomatic "the same". "A same" makes no sense, and "a way that is the same", while grammatical, is quite clunky. So instead, the definite article takes over for both and it's merged to become "the same way".

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No, you can't use "a" and "the" in the same way here. "The same way" need not refer to any way that has already been expressed, but can be used to refer forward to a way you're about to explain… or even simply imply a way from context.

Fundamentally, the problem is that using "a" would disconnect "same way" from A and B; it would no longer be about the particular comparison you're making, but just any "same way" that happened to come along.