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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

same, for same, the same

The expressions same, for same and the same are most frequently used in business correspondence as informal replacements for it, this or them.

  • Shops are full of goods and people ready to buy same.

However, specific pronouns are required in formal writing.

  • Shops are full of goods and people ready to buy them (not same).
  • Once the renovation is finished, please bill me for it (not for same).
  • As soon as the report is ready, you will receive it (not the same).