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Here's the context.

John saw a girl dancing in a bar 3 days ago.

Jihoon saw a girl studying in the library yesterday.

The two girls are the same girl.

In this situation,

  1. The girl John saw dancing in a bar 3 days ago is the same person as/that Jihoon saw studying in the library yesterday.

  2. Jihoon saw the same girl studying in the library as/that John saw dancing in a bar.

  3. John saw a girl dancing in a bar 3 days ago and the girl is the same person that Jihoon saw studying in the library yesterday.

I've made 3 sentences to understand how to use 'the same~' sentence structure. And I think these are all possible to use and the same meaning. Or is there any difference in meaning? And I think as/that are all possible here, but I do agree that there are some people who stick to using only one of them

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  • english.stackexchange.com/questions/36789/… This might help you. Jul 31, 2015 at 4:22
  • "Yesterday, Jihoon saw a girl studying in the library, the same girl whom John saw dancing in a bar 3 days ago!"
    – Maulik V
    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:11
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    For sentence one, it's not "as" or "that". The most complete form would be "as the one that Jihoon saw [. . .}" actually... it sounds better with nothing... "... same person Jihoon saw studying..."
    – Catija
    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:43
  • At a first glance I thought that Jihoon and John were the same person and it was just a spelling mistake. Use visually different names, it'll be easier :) Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57

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In this instance, use "that".

"As" would require an additional phrase:

Jihoon saw the same girl [studying in the library] as the one (that) John saw dancing in a bar.

You can see why this is when you take out the phrase studying in the library and even the word "girl". (i.e. You get a basic same as [x] construction.)

Examples:

  1. That car is the same as Bob's.

  2. That is the same car that Bob has.

Simply put, ...same as... is a comparison.

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