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I saw in a grammar book that the phrase 'in the manner of' in the following sentence should be corrected as 'in the way of'. Can anyone explain in details the difference between the two? Thanks.

"Through the sessions they not only facilitate better communication skills in the workplace, but also look into the problems in the manner of being able to convey messages effectively."

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Although way and manner are synonyms when they both refer to

A method in which to do something (WordHippo)

the idiomatic phrase needed here is in the way of or by way of. The phrase means

constituting; as a form of (Oxford dictionary)

Here are other examples:

His parents offered him little in the way of emotional support. (little emotional support)

How much money has she received in the way of campaign contributions? (that money is contributing to the campaign)

In the manner of is also an idiomatic phrase and it means

in the style of a particular person or thing (Macmillan)

So you would use it in a sentence like

He told us the news in the manner of (like) someone who had just lost a loved one. Why wasn't he more excited?

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  • I wonder why you use both quotes and this thingy.
    – Void
    Commented Dec 31, 2020 at 11:02
  • Oh, shouldn't I? I tend to overemphasise things, but I guess it's not necessary.
    – fev
    Commented Dec 31, 2020 at 11:10
  • You can use, but tbh, it looks ugly. You can simply embolden them. :)
    – Void
    Commented Dec 31, 2020 at 11:12
  • Well, I guess that is subjective. The site provides it, so I don't think there is a problem. I just want to differentiate examples from quoted definitions and from other things I have emboldened. But thank you for the remark, I also like to be "esthetic" :)
    – fev
    Commented Dec 31, 2020 at 11:15

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