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    เก่า is equivalent to 'old' in English. (ex: หนังสือเก่า)

    เดิม is sort difficult to explain. Its meaning differs in different situations.
    It can mean 'traditional' (เพลงไทยเดิม = Traditional Thai song)
    or it could be something like 'in the past'
    เดิมแล้วเขาไม่ใช่คนอย่างนี้ = He wasn't this kind of person [in the past]
    or it could mean 'same'
    คนเดิม = same person
    ฉันใส่เสื้อตัวเดิม = I wear the same shirt


    เก่า is simply old. It describes physical appearance of things that looks old. You can sometimes use it with people if you refer to positions (boyfriend/girlfriend แฟนเก่า, manager หัวหน้าเก่า, owner เจ้าของเก่า, etc)

    เดิม refers to previous things.
    คนเดิม = same person (previous person that you knew)
    รถคันเดิม = the same car (that you used)
    บ้านเดิม = the same house (that you lived)

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