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What adjective would it be natural to use for describing someone who has similar interests, hobbies and values as we do? Can the word close be used in the sense? For example:

Kate is very close to me.

I guess if I didn't need the adjective for expressing the idea, the noun affinity would be the way to go. AM I right? For example:

I hava an affinity with Kate.

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Kate is very close to me.

^ This does not express what you mean; it means that there is a strong emotional connection between the speaker and Kate or that the speaker feels strongly about her.

I have an affinity with Kate.

^ This is closer to what you mean, but is less common use, and may leave the listener expecting you to explain or justify that statement. If you just said that alone, the listener might wonder, "OK? Well, what is that affinity exactly?"

One way many English speakers would express what you intend is:

Kate and I are very much alike.

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