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    on the way

    Dear teachers,
    Let us say, that I am talking to a costumer via phone about a product that was already sent to him and in the conservation I say:

    'It is on the way'

    Should I use 'the' or 'a' before the word 'way'. I have been thinking, the costumer does not know to which way I am refering to. By sea, by plain, by train? It means to use the indefinite article 'a'.

    But I think there should be the definite article 'the'.

    Could you please tell me why? If possible can you also correct mistakes in the writing.

    Thank you very much
    Last edited by oves; 06-Feb-2011 at 10:07.

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    Re: on the way

    'On the way' or 'on its way' are fixed expressions meaning 'in transit'.

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    Re: on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by oves View Post
    Let us say, that I am talking to a costumer via phone about a product that was already sent to him and in the conservation I say: 'It is on the way'

    Should I use 'the' or 'a' before the word 'way'. I have been thinking, the costumer does not know to which way I am refering to. By sea, by plain, by train? It means to use the indefinite article 'a'.
    Try correcting the underlined words.

    I would say 'on the phone' rather than 'via phone'.

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    Re: on the way

    Thank you fivejedjon



    Let us say, that I am talking to a customer via phone about a product that was already sent to him and in the conversation I say: 'It is on the way'

    Should I use 'the' or 'a' before the word 'way'. I have been thinking, the customer does not know to which way I am refering to. By sea, by plane, by train? It means to use the indefinite article 'a'.


    I would say 'on the phone' rather than 'via phone'.


    I am curious if 'on the phone' is also a fixed expression and also if It would be possible to say 'on a phone'.


    Thank you

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    Re: on the way

    Quote Originally Posted by oves View Post
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    by plane,

    I am curious if 'on the phone' is also a fixed expression and also if It would be possible to say 'on a phone'.
    With the meaning you want, only 'the' is possible.

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