The word "way" has many different meanings. The first set of examples shows how to use "way" to mean method or means for accomplishing something:

  • My mother showed me a good way to make chocolate chip cookies.
  • That school uses interesting new ways for teaching and learning.
  • How many different ways can this problem be solved?
  • Stealing is a bad way of making a living.
  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way. (This is a popular expression used in the United States.)

In these sentences, the word "way" is used to talk about a route for traveling or talk about distance:

  • It’s a long way back to our house from here.
  • Which way is the Coliseum?
  • This is the fastest way to get to Los Angeles.
  • There’s no other way around all this traffic.
  • The parking lot is this way.

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We often use "way" to describe possibility:

  • There’s no way they could be finished with their work already. It’s not possible.
  • Is there any way they will get back together?
  • No way! I’m not working on Saturday.

Sometimes the word "way" is used as an adverb. In this case, it’s similar to the words "really" and "very."

  • This furniture is way overpriced.
  • She’s way too tired to get off the couch.
  • We can’t keep him as a worker. He’s way too lazy.
  • It’s way too hot outside.
  • The lecture was way interesting.

There are a few idioms that make use of the word "way."

  • Let me get this out of your way. (This is an obstacle. I’ll move it.)
  • We don’t want you to go out of your way to help us with this. (We don’t want to cause any inconvenience.)
  • Out of the way! (Stay clear. Something is coming through.)
  • Could you move, please? You’re in the way. (You are blocking my route of travel of field of vision.)
  • Sara’s parents don’t want to get in the way of her plans to become a doctor. (They don’t want to do anything that prevent her from achieving her goal.)
  • Peter went all the way up the organization and became the CEO. (all the way = completely from start to finish, from beginning to end)

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November 27, 2012