Can "in many means" be used at all? Like here, for example:

Tea and Ceylon are synonymous in many means

Or is it better to use "in many ways" in this situation?

1 Answer 1


"Means" is not right in this context.

I think the source of your confusion is that "ways and means" are often mentioned together, but they mean different things, otherwise it would be pointless saying both together!

  • A way is a possible method, style or manner
  • A means is an available resource

For example, driving and walking are two different ways of getting somewhere, but if you own a car then you have a means of transportation.

In the context of your example, a "way" means a particular aspect of something.

Your sentence should read:

Tea and Ceylon are synonymous in many ways.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .