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    way to do sth/way of doing sth

    COLLENS ENGLISH USAGE says when there is a possessive pronoun before ‘way’,then we say ‘way of doing sth’rather than ‘way to do sth:

    ...a nurse who is willing to fit in with your way of doing things (not:to do things)
    They are part of the author's way of telling his story. (not:to tell)

    But I searched the BNC and COCA, and found a lot more of one's way to do sth than of one's way of doing sth.

    Is COLLENS ENGLISH USAGE right in saying so?
    Thank you very much in advance.


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    Re: way to do sth/way of doing sth

    What did you actually type in? I found no entries for 'one's way to' in BNC

    I DID find many for '..on my way (to the station)'.

    Here, a possessive pronoun does precede the 'to', but 'way' is being used in a completely different sense.

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    Re: way to do sth/way of doing sth

    Hi, DavidL,
    I typed in
    my way to [v*]
    his way to [v*]
    her way to [v*]
    their way to [v*]
    and then:
    my way of [v*] etc.

    To make sure, I didn't type
    [appge] way to [v*] or:
    [ap*] way to [v*]
    in case the corpus didn't function well.

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    Re: way to do sth/way of doing sth

    Thanks, David. I've got it now.

    He'd been to see his girlfriend in Southampton and was on his way to see his parents in Sheffield.

    He went out of his way to meet foreign visitors from all walks of life.

    When a possessive pronoun procedes 'way to do sth' , then the 'way' means the 'road/path' we must follow in order to get to some place.

    And when we say 'my way of doing sth', this 'way' means 'method'. Am I right?

    Thank you again.


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    Re: way to do sth/way of doing sth

    Give the man a cigar.

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    Re: way to do sth/way of doing sth

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Give the man a cigar.
    Oh, David, I don't know how to thank you enough. You've taught me another useful thing:

    Clinton has taken a strong step for our kids. Someone give the man a cigar.

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