This is my attempt at translating the sentence "Both of their faces look the same":


Does it make sense or is it completely wrong?

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    二人の顔は同じように見える sounds better Apr 22, 2018 at 2:37
  • stupid me, I read the question wrong and tried to answer a Japanese to English translation, rather than the English to Japanese... 9_9. Deleted my answer. Apr 22, 2018 at 7:24
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    @Kent... Your Japanese makes enough sense to be understandable, and that's the most important aspect of communication. But user27223 is correct as well, there are better ways to say it... Could you clarify something? Where is this English sentence coming from? Because it seems like there would be more natural ways to express that idea, even in English. Apr 22, 2018 at 7:28
  • @user27223 I don't think 同じように見える sounds better than OP's translation.
    – Earthliŋ
    Apr 22, 2018 at 8:20
  • There're several ways to say that depending on the context... 「二人は顔がそっくりだ」「二人はそっくりな顔をしている」とかいろいろ・・・
    – chocolate
    Apr 22, 2018 at 13:40

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I think


is a perfectly natural way to say this.

There is also the idiomatic expression 瓜二つ for "look (completely) alike"


(or variations on this, like 「二人は瓜二つの顔をしている」「二人の顔は瓜二つだ」.)

  • Could one argue that the latter sounds inelegant due to repeating syllables/concepts (ふたり・ふたつ) or is it nothing to worry about? Compare to e.g. English "drinking a drink".
    – kuchitsu
    Apr 22, 2018 at 19:24
  • @kuchitsu いや別に大丈夫だと思います、全然気にならないです
    – chocolate
    Apr 23, 2018 at 3:46

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