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Why is "the same" always with "the", but "identical" without it?

They do not have the same grammatical category. Same can be an adjective, like identical. But when it is used with the and no following noun phrase, it is a noun (or a pronoun, depending on your ...
Colin Fine's user avatar
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"stay the course" vs "stay on (the) course"

Stay the course is a set phrase meaning to persevere in what you are doing. I had always assumed that it referred to a horse or athlete finishing a race, but Wikipedia suggests that the idiom ...
Kate Bunting's user avatar
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"stay the course" vs "stay on (the) course"

A sailing (or other) race (that has a course) or mode of transport that follows a particular route. No "the". Our boat was unable to stay on course due to the weather. The plane stayed on ...
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Definite article or zero article in [noun] of [noun] phrase

"Details" and "results" can both be used as non-count nouns. For example, you could refer to "some details", "all of the details". So, your examples are fine ...
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The concept of the articles

I'm guessing from your name that you speak a Slavic language. Slavic languages don't have articles, but you use declension of nouns to indicate the same thing. Let's use the noun book to indicate the ...
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