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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:44:27 AM
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Please explain to me the correct use of article a or the in "in a/the similar way".
I know that "way" is a countable noun so need either "a" or "the" but can't decide which one is correct and why?
Thanks
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:24:30 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Please explain to me the correct use of article a or the in "in a/the similar way".
I know that "way" is a countable noun so need either "a" or "the" but can't decide which one is correct and why?
Thanks

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The adjective "similar" is preceded by "a" and not "the". "The" is used to show that you are talking about a particular thing (in this case, it is "way") or person that has already been mentioned, is already known about, or is the only one. "The" is a definite article. So, the correct expression is "in a similar way". However, if you use the word "same" the expression will be "in almost the same way". "Almost the same" means "similar".

Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:34:29 PM
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Thanks for your help and nice explanation!
NKM
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:56:12 PM

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We say "in a similar way," but "in the same way."

That makes sense, because there may be many ways that are similar but only one that is "the same."
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