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Should I always put "the" in front of "same"?

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Rebecca

The word "same" is usually used with "the" definite article, but it doesn't mean that the word "same" must be used with "the". It can be used with any central determiner which marks the noun phrase as definite. Here are a couple of examples of "same" used with other central determiners. Ex: I had a lot of these same ideas. Ex: One day, my same friend gave me the book.

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