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    Lightbulb "the way" or "the way that"

    For example,
    Automobiles have changed the way (that) we do business.
    Should I put "that" after "the way"? What difference does it make?

    Bruno Mars has a famous song called "just the way you are".
    Is it OK to add a "that" and say "just the way that you are", "I love the way that she is"?
    When should I put a "that" anyway?

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    Re: "the way" or "the way that"

    Quote Originally Posted by gary17 View Post
    For example,
    Automobiles have changed the way (that) we do business.
    Should I put "that" after "the way"? What difference does it make?
    You don't need a relative, but if I used one I'd use 'that'. Many teachers would advise 'in which', but I'm not one of them.


    Bruno Mars has a famous song called "just the way you are".
    Is it OK to add a "that" and say "just the way that you are", "I love the way that she is"?
    When should I put a "that" anyway?
    When 'the way' is followed by a be verb (the $10 word is copula), don't add 'that'. The same applies with verbs like 'smell', 'seem', 'look'.... (There's probably a word for these too, but the naming of parts isn't really my thing.)

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    Re: "the way" or "the way that"

    Thank you for clarifying!!

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