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Joined: February 10, 2007
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I don't see anything ungrammatical about using "exact same" anymore than "nearly the same."
The guiding principle should be whether or not exact same is actually adding additional information.
In the setence "John and I took the same class." This could mean that we were in class together or that John and I took different sections of the same class, English 101 for example.
"John and I took the exact same class" clears up this confusion.
However, if John and I were in different sections, but we had the same professor, nothing is added by saying we had the "exact same" professor any other professor would be a different professor.
February 10, 2007, 1:50pm
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