way collocations

way collocations


look at way

The committee is always looking at new ways to improve the services the club provides.

criticize way

I wasn’t pleased when she criticized the way I ran the office. I felt her comments were so unfair.

change way

The internet has changed the way we do business. In fact, it has revolutionized it.

see way

This job has to be completed today, but I can’t see any way of finishing it before five.

admire way

I admired the way she carried on when she had no chance of winning the race.

develop way

We’re trying to develop new ways of treating people for depression without the use of drugs.

lose way

If you lose your way, just use your mobile.

keep out of way

I think it’s best if you keep out of Rachel’s way for a while. She’s fairly annoyed with you.

make way

After driving through miles of forest, we made our way past some incredibly beautiful lakes.

push way

Just push your way to the front of the queue!

hard way

Why do you insist on doing things the hard way? Life is difficult enough!

various way

We looked at various ways of solving the problem, but they were all unsatisfactory.

efficient way

E-mail provides an efficient way of communicating with people that’s fast and cheap.

novel way

Keeping a cow in the garden is certainly a novel way of keeping the grass short!

one sure way

There is only one sure way of getting him to tidy his room and that is to pay him to do it!

proper way

The proper way to lay the table is something you learn from your parents. I can’t understand why some people don’t have a clue how to do it!

possible way

When you tell Philip that you don’t want to go out with him, please try to do it in the nicest possible way. You don’t want to hurt him.

disgusting way

Did you see the disgusting way she ate her food? Some people have no table manners!

meaningful way

He looked at me and raised his eyebrow in a meaningful way, but I’m not sure what he was trying to say to me.

leisurely way

There was no rush, so we walked through the park in a leisurely way.

shoddy way

They didn’t even explain why they were sacking her after 40 years working for them! In my opinion, that’s a pretty shoddy way to treat an employee.

great way

We went on this fantastic trip to Lake Victoria. It was a great way to end our holiday.



  • Notice the structures ‘way to’ and ‘way of’:

We need to come up with ways to save money.

We need to come up with ways of saving money.

We need new ways to prompt our products.

We need new ways of prompting our products.

  • Notice these expressions:

The twins are different in every way.

I like getting my own way!

You have a very nice way of life here.

  • Examples 7-10 in exercise I have a literal meaning for ‘way’. Here are some more expressions with this meaning:

Their house is a bit out of the way. (remote)

Can you tell me the way to the pub?

Sorry, my bags are in your way.

Let’s stop for a meal on the way.

  • Here are other common expressions:

Our anniversary is still a long way off.

Try turning it the other way up and see if you can open it.

You always take the easy way out!

I could tell by the way she looked at me that she was irritated by my comments.

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