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August 31, 2009
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My old thesis supervisor used to insist that the objects being referred to were of the same identity, thus "identical with". In the sense that there is no comparison, because they are grouped into the one identity. He would claim if you are comparing, don't use identical, because it is a designation of total sameness.
But then he also insisted on "consisted in".........
By the way, on the "equal" issue: "The racer finished equal with the world record" sounds ok to me. At least not obviously jarring.
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