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"Identity" indicates sameness, oneness. "With", which indicates a close association, is therefore, the proper preposition. The preposition "to" indicates separation, whether spatial or conceptual, and is inappropriately coupled with "identical".
You can go from here "to" there, but you go "with" someone else, and "with" a purpose. If the two of you go for the same reason, you go "with" identical purposes, or your purpose is "identical with" theirs.
Similarly, you can compare this "to" that. But if the similarity of the objects is perfect, when you compare them "to" each other, you find that they are "identical with" each other.
January 9, 2010, 6:14pm
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