Imagine your friend ordered a pizza ai quattro formaggi. You want to eat the same thing. What would you say?

  1. The same as him.

  2. The same as he.

  3. The same as he ordered.

  4. The same as what he ordered.

Are they all acceptable? I'm a bit confused with how to use "the same as"

3 Answers 3


The same as him is short for 'Please give me the same as him'. So it's OK.

The same as he is short for 'I'll have the same as he has'. So it's OK too, but it sounds old-fashioned and fastidious, like "If only I were as handsome as he!"

The same as he ordered and The same as what he ordered both sound awkward to me, though "I'd like what he ordered" sounds a bit better.

But... pointing at each other, and even referring to each other as 'he/him' or 'she/her', might be considered impolite. "I'd like the same as my friend" would be better. And better still would be "I would also like the (pizza ai) quattro formaggi (please/per favore)."

Maybe I'm over-sensitive. As a child, if I ever referred to my aunt in her presence as "she", there would be shrieks of "Who's 'she' - the cat's mother?!"

Among friends and in an informal setting I'd do as Chspsa in the US suggests and say, "The same as him."

  • I would say simply "I'll have the same". Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 8:08
  • With #1, I'd ask what the prepositional phrase "as him" modifies or refers to. I think that most people would say "the same". But "the same" appears to refer to the pizza. So is the pizza being compared to a person? Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 8:40
  • @Kate Bunting: That would only work if the waiter came to you immediately after the friend who ordered the pizza. But if the friend ordered first, followed by his/her spaghetti-eating husband, or by his/her two carbonara-loving daughters, "I'll have the same" gets you pasta! Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 9:17
  • In a larger party, I'd probably say "I'll have the pizza too". Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 9:34
  • Is pizza ai quattro formaggi a phrase used in English?
    – apaderno
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 9:52

Numbers 1, 3, and 4 are correct.

Why is 2 incorrect?

"Him" receives an action. "He" does the action. The reason 1 is correct is that "Him" is receiving the action of being who I want to copy. 3 and 4 are correct because "he" ordered something. However in a real situation, in AmE, I'd say "The same as him."

Have a good day!


We can say-

The same as him. or

The same as he ordered.

We can use object pronoun or subject pronoun + verb

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