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    question about "on the way"

    Dear teachers,

    we sometimes use "I am on the way." to tell the others that we're travelling

    can it be modiflied as "I'm on the way to the school"
    or "I'm on the way to be a teacher/ writer" by using a methphor?
    Last edited by hwhwhwhw; 02-Jan-2008 at 19:33.

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Yes,you can modify a noun behind it as a post-modifier.
    For example:
    1. Egypitan's calendar shows the way to count days, weeks, months, and year. The way is a noun, which is modified by "to count......".
    2. Mr. Joseph, a doctor, is my brother. Mr. Joseph is a noun, that is modified by a doctor.
    3. Mr. Joseph (who is) in the car is my brother.Mr. Joseph is a noun, that is modified by "(who is) in the car".
    4. Mr.Joseph (who is )sitting in the car is my brother. Similarly, Mr. Joseph is modified by "(who is )sitting in the car".
    5. A dog (that is) killed by Mr.Joseph is my dog.A dog is a noun, that is modified by "(that is) killed by Mr.Joseph".
    6. I like a story (which is) full of adventures. A story is a noun, that is modified by "(which is) full of adventures".
    7. My sister is a girl (whom) Mr. Joseph loves. A girl is a noun, that is modified by "(whom) Mr.Joseph loves".

    May you understand it very well,
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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Quote Originally Posted by hwhwhwhw View Post
    Dear teachers,

    we sometimes use "I am on the way." to tell the others that we're travelling

    can it be modiflied as "I'm on the way to the school"
    or "I'm on the way to be a teacher/ writer" by using a methphor?
    You can indeed say "I am on my way to the school" if you are telling someone you are coming to school.

    I would say the second sentence will be better as "I am on my way to being/becoming a teacher/writer".

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I would say the second sentence will be better as "I am on my way to being/becoming a teacher/writer".
    Why don't you use " my way to be a teacher/writer"?

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    Cool Re: question about "on the way"

    Let me profit from this question to ask you is it not possible to say "On the way" to express we are doing something while progressing in some other activity or circunstance?

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    My way to be a teacher says this is the way in which I am a teacher.

    "on my way to being a teacher" says that I am in the process of learning how to be a teacher.


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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Let me profit from this question to ask you is it not possible to say "On the way" to express we are doing something while progressing in some other activity or circunstance?

    Thanks a lot,

    Bushwhacker

    Yes, I think you can.

    To be clear: I am on the way/on my way to being a teacher is perfectly good grammar. I am on the way to be a good teacher is not.

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    Hi hwhwhw,

    I am not a teacher but there is nothing to prevent me to express my opinion.

    My super brief answer your question is "YES"! You may use the mentioned above idiom "on the way" in this way. Please see below my examples intermingled with yours one.

    on the way

    1. also, "on one's way" - in the process of coming, going, or travelling, also about to come,

    For example: The mail plane is on the way.
    She is on her way out the door.
    Winter is on the way.

    2. "on the route of a journey, as in

    I met him on the way to town.
    We ran into them on the way.
    I am on the way to the school.

    3. on the way to , well on the way to
    on the point of experiencing or achieving, as in

    James is on the way to becoming a full professor.
    Nancy is well on her way to a nervous breakdown.
    I'm on the way to be a teacher/writer.
    I think in this context it's better to be "I'm on the way to becoming a teacher"

    Happy new 2008 year.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 03-Jan-2008 at 05:19.

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    Re: question about "on the way"

    [quote=vil;241893]Hi hwhwhw,

    I think in this context it's better to be "I'm on the way to become a teacher"

    Thank you very much for your information.
    I don't think the sentence "I'm on the way to become a teacher" is better.
    We may say: Rosy (who is) to become a teacher is my sister.
    But we can't say, I think, the way (that is) to become a teacher.
    Thing to become a teacher must be human. Therefore, a man or a woman (who is) to become a teacher is correct. Or we may say the way to becoming a teacher (as anglika explains).
    Just my opinion!
    With kindest regards

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