16 / 04 / 2009

WAY-1: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Over the next several days, we are going to look at meanings and uses of the English word way. One of the basic meanings of way is as a noun.

Meaning 1: a route or road that you take in order to reach a place. (camino or senda)

Example 1:
Can you please tell me the shortest way from here to Leicester Square?

Meaning 2: a method, style or manner of doing something. (forma, manera, sentido or aspecto)

Example 2:
I hate the way people complain about things that they can't control, such as the weather or the economy. 

Way is also used as an adverb in different colloquial expressions.

Meaning 3: very far; by a large amount. (muy, en mucho, etc.)

Example 3:
The price is way above what we can pay. I'm sorry. (=muy por encima...)

It is a simple, three-letter word, but it is used in lots of interesting ways (=maneras).

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