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In the following sentence, I'm confused with the use of the phrase 'the way the earth is'. What is the grammatical function of the phrase? Let me know how it can be paraphrased.

The moon is not a magnet the way the earth is.

  • The same as "in the way the Earth is"> – Colin Fine Nov 24 '19 at 11:21
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Earth is a magnet because it has a high gravity pull unlike its moon which doesn't but never-the-less the moon is a magnet too since it has a weak gravity pull none-the-less.

The grammatical function is to show comparison between the Earth and its moon:

  • He doesn't do it the way his friend does. (His friend does it in a different way)

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