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A manner adjunct - (in) no way. It can move freely in a sentence.

(In) no way will she agree to you leaving early.

But when (in) no way change its position, we can't drop in.

She will agree to you leaving early in no way.

It seems very strange to me. How does grammar explain it?


What I learned so far -

From Jim and Fumble's comment what I learned is that my initial opinion was wrong. That manner adjunct here is not that free-moving. Now that they demonstrated it so well, I can clearly understand that my second sentence is really odd. Based on the position it shows the manner.

I want to edit my answer to provide another example sentence, and that doesn't seem as odd as my previous sentences was.


First Edit -

(In) No way was it good. [CORRECT - with or without in]

It was good in no way. [We can't drop in here]

It was in no way good. [We can't drop in here]

It in no way seemed strange. [We can't drop in here]

  • It cannot move absolutely freely: # She will agree to in no way you leaving early. Your adjunct in #2 appears to give info on the manner in which she may leave early, not to agree. – Jim Reynolds Aug 23 '16 at 17:28
  • What @Jim said. Except I must say I think She will agree to you leaving early in no way sounds completely ridiculous to me regardless of whether in is present or not. – FumbleFingers Aug 23 '16 at 18:03
  • @Fum Yes. We need to activate the contrivance generator to make even half-sense of #2. I'll leave early in the sneaky way, or in the fast way, or in the secret way. She'll agree to you leaving in no way. (?) – Jim Reynolds Aug 24 '16 at 3:56
  • @FumbleFingers and Jim I edited my question to provide more example sentences. – Man_From_India Aug 24 '16 at 13:16
  • @Man_From_India: I think you're on a hiding to nothing here. To repeat and amplify what I was getting at before, I personally don't like post-positioned negated forms like It was good in no way or She will agree in no way (though I've no problem with, say, She will agree completely). But this no way justifies assuming that there's some grammatical rule allowing certain forms and debarring others. Anything said here is likely to be just one person's idiomatic preferences (i.e. - Primarily Opinion-based). – FumbleFingers Aug 24 '16 at 16:23
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There is an understood "There is" in front of "no way will she agree to you leaving early."

"(in) no way" is a compound colloquial expression.

The more grammatically correct version of the 2nd one is likely, "She will not agree to you leaving early."

  • (1) If the first sentence had been "[N]o way she will agree …," I would agree that it was short for "There is no way she will agree …" — but it is "[N]o way will she agree …," and "There is no way will she agree …" does not make sense.  (2) "No way" adds a level of emphasis that mere negation does not provide.  You can approach the meaning of the OP's second sentence with "She definitely will not agree …" (3) Arguably, the phrase should be "… agree to your leaving early …" — but that's another discussion. – Scott Aug 23 '16 at 18:07
  • In no way is this to be seen as a colloquial usage, unless you're specifically referring to the deletion of In. – FumbleFingers Aug 23 '16 at 18:07
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Simply put, “in no way” is a linguistically incorrect slang expression meaning “there is no way.” “In no way will she agree” is an incorrect slang way of saying “There is nothing one can do or say to convince her to agree.”

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