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"The same name" vs "a same name": what's the difference?

Since I'm confused with these two phrases, I did a search in Google Books hoping to find some examples. But then I found this paragraph: Two private spaces or replicas cannot contain the same ...
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Is "rain is falling" entirely wrong?

I thought it was a custom in English to write "it is raining" instead of "rain is falling". Still I don't know why the second construction is wrong. Yet I found a song called Rain is Falling, so I'm ...
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Which is correct: "a same" or "the same"? [duplicate]

He and I share a/the same book. The book hasn't been mentioned before. So which one is used with "same", "a" or "the"? Because the book hasn't been mentioned before, I want to use "a". Because I ...
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Does the adjective 'same' ALWAYS have the definite article 'the'?

I admit. The articles are the most difficult things I find in this language but I'm learning and I'm better than before! I've been reading about the articles in several authentic books and have a ...
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Comparing "the same ideas", "two similar ideas" and "two same ideas"

I'm very surprised to get only one result for "two same ideas" on Google Books, especially because the result appears in a grammar book (Everyday Grammar by Irene Chong): Molly and Jimmy are good ...
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Can I say "in a same way"?

I've been told that the article for 'same' is always 'the', but sometimes I think it feels right to say 'in a same way' when I have not yet but am going to talk about the way or when I won't talk ...
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"one of several" or "one of the several"

Google Ngram shows that "one of several" is used more. I think we commonly use "the" after "one of". Then why is "the" avoided by the majority of the authors?
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Usage of "the same as in" and "the same as of"

The following sentence is on an article of Khan Academy: "Which properties of circle B are the same as in circle A?" I thought the following sentences may have the same meaning as above: ...
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Why do we say something is The same (using the article), but we say something is different (no article)?

We say "the same", but "different" (no article)? A student asked me this question, and I wasn't sure how to answer him. Thanks for your help!
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It never worked vs. nothing worked

My question is that what the difference is between two phrases ,if any, from grammatical or practical point of view Once my dream was to score the goal during a soccer game ,but it never worked as ...
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Using plural or singular after "both"

Suppose there are two phases, a water phase and an IL phase, you can use any other name too. We did some calculation between X and each of them. Which of the following is correct: Y was calculated ...
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“stop off” vs. “stop in” vs. “stop by”

According to Cambridge Dictionary, I found that "stop off", "stop in", "stop by" all mean "stop to visit someone/ somewhere for a short time while you are going to ...
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Can you replace "come to think of it with "thinking of it"?

I've already used "thinking of it." Example: Thinking of it, maybe I shouldn't knock on that door. I made a Google Books search. There are similar phrases but I couldn't find a sentence that ...
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There is no more to say. / There is nothing else to say. / There is nothing to say anymore. / There is nothing left to say

As I understand it, all the versions have the same meaning. Which one is the friendliest? Is there any other nuances which sentence to use in practice? Maybe, the first one is old-fashioned, if it's ...
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"in the farm" or "on the farm"

If I make a general statement about a farmer keeping his animals, should I use "in the farm" or "on the farm"? For example, "Jack keeps his animals on/in the farm." Or ...
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