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    the way

    1.The way he treats his mother is so sweet.
    2. I like you the way you are.
    If "the way(1)" is subject grammatically, I wonder if "the way(2)" is subject or object.

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    Re: the way

    In the second one, "the way you are" describes "you."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the way

    2. I like you the way you are.

    The way is a noun phrase preceded by a pronoun and followed by an omitted that. Such a modification (pronoun being modified by noun) might be sort of unusual?
    Can we propose that the way is a prepositional phrase in its deep structure?

    -I like you in the way that you are.

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    Re: the way

    Adding the "that" is okay, but the "in" is not.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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