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    By way of

    Hi,
    I am not very familiar with this preposition.
    According to S.Hornby, by way of means as a substitute for:
    He said it by way of apology.

    Recently Iíve read it can also denote a direction:
    You can go by way of the Panama Canal.

    Could I say through the Panama Canal?
    When is by way of preferable?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: By way of

    as a type of
    he sent some flowers by way of an apology

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    Re: By way of

    You could say 'through' the Panam Canal, but 'by way of' suggests more or a possible route to me.

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    Re: By way of

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    I am not very familiar with this preposition.
    According to S.Hornby, by way of means as a substitute for:
    He said it by way of apology.
    He said it as a means of apologising

    Recently I’ve read it can also denote a direction:
    You can go by way of the Panama Canal.

    Could I say through the Panama Canal?
    You can go to (the Pacific) via the Panama Canal.
    He went to London via (by way of) the Blackwall Tunnel.
    He went through the Blackwall Tunnel to go to London

    When is by way of preferable?

    Thanks in advance.
    By way of, via and through can all be used


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    Re: underneath vs beneath?

    Happy New Year, Coolman!
    Please start a new thread for those prepositions.
    Thanks.


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    Re: By way of

    Thanks, Tdol and Curmudgeon,
    So I can assume it's not widely used - as a matter of fact that's why it puzzled me. I thought there might be contexts exclusively for it.

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    Re: underneath vs beneath?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolman View Post
    "underneath" & "beneath"


    Go to: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post141813

    (Please be advised not to post the same thing over and over.)


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    #8

    Re: By way of

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    By way of, via and through can all be used
    ... and via (by chance? - I doubt it very much) means 'by way' in Latin. Also, if you can get from A to B by way of either X or Y, you can say 'the X way' or 'the Y way':

    'How are you going to drive - the Stockbridge way or on the motorway?'


    (This is a colloquial usage.)


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    Re: By way of

    Thanks, Bob.

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    Re: By way of

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... and via (by chance? - I doubt it very much) means 'by way' in Latin. Also, if you can get from A to B by way of either X or Y, you can say 'the X way' or 'the Y way':

    'How are you going to drive - the Stockbridge way or on the motorway?'


    (This is a colloquial usage.)


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    Via= By way (of) (lit. road). ó "I will contact you via e-mail"

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