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I think "exact same" is redundant. What is added to same by prefacing it with exact? Isn't a thing that is the same as another thing JUST like that thing? And if it is not, then the word used should be similar, not same. So 'exact' adds nothing to 'same' except another word. And, it is never a good thing to add extra words (unless your teacher says you need to write a 2000 word essay--and that just opens up another thread!).

Bob March 27, 2007, 6:02pm

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You just waste your time and energy saying 66.67% or 66 2/3rds%. Just say 'two-thirds' and you have it exactly right and most economically stated. What's not to like? State what you have to say in the shortest, most accurate mode. Period.

Bob March 27, 2007, 5:50pm

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Yes, substantive is derived from substance, meaning an actual thing as opposed to a hypothetical category. We have substantive problems; we are not imagining them. Its opposite might be ephemeral.

Substantial is a quantitative quality. There is a substantial amount of money in the account; we can afford to go to Europe. Its opposite might be negligeable.

They are false cognates, even as they are related concepts.

Bob March 27, 2007, 5:33pm

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