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When the book says that the catalyst has a completely different reaction pathway, I think that the "new path" entails lowering the activation energy, therefore being different from the original. I wouldn't say that it is completely different, and rather is very similar besides certain typical differences.
You are correct in that it will not always necessarily be a completely different pathway, but the activation energy will be lower. This is an example in which the pathway is different as there is an intermediate when the catalyst is present
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