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    #1

    get things on the way

    Rafael Nadal has an opportunity to get things on the way.
    What does it mean? Can I use this expression in situations other than sports?

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    Exclamation Re: get things on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Rafael Nadal has an opportunity to get things on the way.
    What does it mean? Can I use this expression in situations other than sports?
    ‘Get on’ is a phrasal verb meaning: to manage or deal with a situation, especially successfully. It can be used with any statement.
    the way(of something, may be the opponent)

    So it could mean: Rafael Nadal has an opportunity to deal with a situation successfully the way of the opponent or to meet the opponent.

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    Re: get things on the way

    I'm not a tennis fan, but I believe that he has had problems with injuries and form, so I think it could mean that he's got an opportunity to get back to his old form and success. However, the wider context would help make things clearer- do you have the URL?

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    Re: get things on the way

    Actually, I heard the commentator say it in a transmission yesterday, but you´re right: he´s had problems with injuries, and hasn´t won a tournament for some time

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    #5

    Re: get things on the way

    Are you sure he didn't say "under way" and not "on the way"?

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    #6

    Re: get things on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Rafael Nadal has an opportunity to get things on the way.
    What does it mean? Can I use this expression in situations other than sports?
    My greetings to a fellow tennis fan!
    Maybe it refers to his chance to finally win the tournament, which of course, with the top 5 guys out of Miami, is really huge.

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    Re: get things on the way

    I would be inclined to think that the commentator probably said "under way" not "on the way".

    Nadal may well be "on the way TO winning" a tournament for the first time in 11 months, but "to get things on the way" is not grammatically correct.

    He could, however, get things under way. This means to make a start, to begin to make progress.

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    Re: get things on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you sure he didn't say "under way" and not "on the way"?
    Sounds very likely to me - especially if the commentator had an accent that made him/her produce the sounds 'on' and 'un-' similarly. Some American speakers do this.

    Incidentally, the phrase 'under way' originally referred to the movement of ships. Another use of 'way' in a maritime context is apparent in the sailing term 'steerage way' - which means 'going fast enough for the rudder to have an effect'.

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    PS I can't imagine what sarat_106 may have meant by this:

    So it could mean: Rafael Nadal has an opportunity to deal with a situation successfully the way of the opponent or to meet the opponent.
    I have to question the value of answers in the 'Ask a Teacher' that even a teacher and native speaker can't decipher...

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    Re: get things on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ..."to get things on the way" is not grammatically correct. ...
    Naturally - as emsr2d2 knows - there should have been the phrase 'in this context' at the end of this sentence. If 'on the way' is an adverbial phrase, there's no grammatical problem: 'We said we'd bring some food to the party, but it's late. So we can leave now and get things on the way.'

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    Re: get things on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Naturally - as emsr2d2 knows - there should have been the phrase 'in this context' at the end of this sentence. If 'on the way' is an adverbial phrase, there's no grammatical problem: 'We said we'd bring some food to the party, but it's late. So we can leave now and get things on the way.'

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    Very good point! Thank you!

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