For example, I'd say

"The way I see it, you catch on quick".

I wondered, "the way" in themselves are Nouns but then how come do they function as an Adverb in this idiom?

I mean, if it were "In the way I see it", it would come to me more naturally.

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    It's not any of the words that's functioning as an adverb, it's the entire phrase—and it's not modifying a particular word in the independent clause, but the entire clause itself. – Jason Bassford Sep 6 '19 at 0:31
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    A phrase consisting of the noun "way" with some appropriate determiner can function as an adverb. It's a peculiarity of the word "way". Some more illustrations are in this answer. – Ben Kovitz Oct 6 '19 at 11:28

The way I see it,you catch on quick.

The way I see it is a noun phrase modifying the noun clause that follows( you catch on quick.)

The way is correct and idiomatic here.

In the way sometimes means impediment

He stood in the way or in my way has got negative connotations.


The way I say it, ...

The entire phrase is a noun phrase. There is no adverb.

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