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    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    #1

    by way of vs as a way of

    Hello

    I have a hard time differentiating between them.

    I washed the dishes as a way of showing obedience.
    I reconciled the two groups by way of shuttle diplomacy.

    Do you like my sentences?
    if not.

    Thanks

    And one more thing: is it possible to use way in the plural in these prep phrases?
    Incidentally, are they prep phrases at all?

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    Re: by way of vs as a way of

    Q: Is it possible to use way in the plural in these prep phrases?
    A: Yes, but not with those phrases. In [1] way refers to the clause I washed the dishes; in [2] it refers to shuttle diplomacy.

    Q: Incidentally, are they prep phrases at all?
    A: By is a preposition in form; as is an adverb in form. Both by and as head phrases that function adverbially. They answer the question, How?

    Q: Do you like my sentences?
    A: I can understand them.

    Does that help?


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    Re: by way of vs as a way of

    Hello Casi,

    "A: By is a preposition in form; as is an adverb in form. Both by and as head phrases that function adverbially. They answer the question, How?"

    Thank you for shedding some intellectual light on what has been a grey area to me. It is a very useful piece of info to me.

    "I can understand them."
    That is courteous with a degree of sophistication.

    Does it mean they are ungrammatical or highly affected and pretentious in style

    Thank you

    S

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