Please explain to me. I am so confused with these two words. What I should use, 'same' or 'the same' in the following sentence?

The amount of time to melt was same

The amount of time to melt was the same.

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    In your example sentence, you would use the same: 'The amount of time to melt was the same. Much more often than not, that's the form you would use: They drove the same car. Linda bought the same dress as Betty. Those two birds are the same color. We are taking two of the same classes next semester. Your son was born in the same hospital where my mother died. Those two players were rookies in the same year. Multiplying any number by zero give the same result. In all those examples, removing the word "the" from "the same" would make the sentence sound incorrect.
    – J.R.
    Oct 7, 2015 at 21:23
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    By the way, I'm a little surprised this question got closed. It's interesting the way the word same has the word "the" paired with it so often. It's a very interesting question to ponder.
    – J.R.
    Oct 7, 2015 at 21:26
  • I nominated it to come back. Perhaps we can answer it again if we get one more taker. Oct 9, 2015 at 17:47
  • (I knew nothing about the last time this question got closed.) I voted to close this question because I think my old answer should answer it. (See also: "The same name" vs "a same name": what's the difference?). Feel free to reject the suggested duplicate if you think the old answers cannot answer this question. Oct 9, 2015 at 18:55


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