Is it correct to use the phrase "one and the same" to say that it says exactly the same thing or doing the same thing as before? If you can't say so, then what would you say instead?

She repeats one and the same.

He says one the same.


No, "one and the same" is special. I'm not sure I should say it is idiomatic, but it is not a phrase that has many uses. It is only for saying that two things are actually the same exact thing. Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the same, for example. They are one. They are the same.

  • Or that the two things are identical? – fev Dec 14 '20 at 18:27
  • Yes - it is a colorful/fancy way of saying they are identical. – Justin Stafford Dec 14 '20 at 21:12

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