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    "in a way",what does it mean ?

    Hello teachers,

    Could you keep silent a few minutes, please? You are here_________.
    A. in a way B. on the way C. in my way D. by the way

    - Is " in a way " the best choice for the blank ?

    - If " in a way " is a right answer for the gap , what does it mean ?


    I am looking toward to your help.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: "in a way",what does it mean ?

    Actually,

    I wouldn't normally use "in a way" in that conversation. A similar phrase that you might be able to use in that conversation is "in the way" meaning that the person is bothering you by being noisy.

    I would actually say something like this: "Could you please quiet down for a few minutes. I can't concentrate while you are being noisy."

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: "in a way",what does it mean ?

    Could you keep silent a few minutes, please? You are here_________.
    A. in a way B. on the way C. in my way D. by the way

    If you must choose one, it would be C, which means: you are here in my way (of my talking.)

    But it is very akward.

    It really means: Could you keep silent a few minutes, please? You are interrupting me.

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    Re: "in a way",what does it mean ?

    Couldn't it be by the way?

    I mean as in:

    You're being loud. Are you aware that you're right next to me? Could you quiet down for a bit?

    Would that be unacceptable?

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    Re: "in a way",what does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Could you keep silent a few minutes, please? You are here_________.
    A. in a way B. on the way C. in my way D. by the way

    - Is " in a way " the best choice for the blank ?

    - If " in a way " is a right answer for the gap , what does it mean ?


    I am looking toward to your help.

    Thanks in advance.
    There are no choices here that resemble normal English.
    However, C is probably the least bizarre choice.
    "You are in my way here" might be acceptable, but that doesn't imply being noisy, and it isn't expressed as "You are here in my way".

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