NOT A TEACHER
(1) What a great question!
(2) Ordinary native speakers such as I learn so much while trying to answer members'
(3) Here is what I have found. (By the way, welcome to usingenglish. com. If a teacher
gives you a different answer, you must accept his/her answer as the correct one. If a
teacher shows me that I have given you a wrong answer, I shall immediately delete
(4) It would be easy to say that the preposition "in" has been dropped. But many
times the easy way is the wrong way.
(5) It is only my opinion that we are dealing with a noun ("way") that is being used as
an adverb. The term used by some books is the adverbial objective. (When you
have time, you may wish to google for more detailed information.)
(6) I shall now cite some examples that I found in two books and in one Web result:
(a) Do it this way. (Descriptive English Grammar explains this as an example of an
adverbial objective expressing manner.)
(b) Have it your own way. (A Grammar of the English Language says the noun
completes the meaning of the verb.)
(c) Having sampled America [in] that way, Europe believes and trusts America.
(That sentence comes from the same book. The author, a great grammarian named
George O. Curme, put the preposition in brackets. Usually brackets indicate that a
word is not necessary. He included this sentence with his other examples, so I
assume that he wants to say that "that way" is also an adverbial objective. But if
you wanted to change it to a prepositional phrase (by adding "in"), that would also
be OK. (I guess.)
(d) Finally, I found this on a website run by Mr. Eugene R. Moutoux, who says this is
an adverbial objective:
He wants to do things his own way.
Suppose we changed it to: They want to do things the American way. I think that
it would come awfully close to your: We need to rebuild the economy the American
(7) Therefore, I think that we can call "the American way" in your sentence an
adverbial objective. Nonetheless, I feel that teachers should not give this kind of
question on a test, for some (many?) native speakers might feel that it is really a
prepositional phrase (with the deleted "in").
(8) Let's see what the language professionals tell us.
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