Which one is correct ? Why ? is this adjective clause or noun clause ?

the way you tested me

the way that you tested me

the way which you tested me with ?

  • The last two don't sound OK to me. Other options: how you tested me, the way in which you tested me. Dec 23, 2022 at 12:15
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    The first 2 sound OK to me, but the third is incomplete. the way which you tested me with [something] where "something" is the method of testing, an exam for example. Dec 23, 2022 at 12:25

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the way you tested me

This is a noun phrase, headed by the noun "way". There is also a determiner "the" and a relative clause "(that) you tested me".

Because "way" is an implicit object of the verb in the relative clause, the use of "that" is optional. So (1) and (2) are equivalent and acceptable.

(3) is not idiomatic, The use of "with" is not idiomatic with "way" and "test" (You don't say "test me with this way", you say "test me this way"). It would be possible to use "The exam-paper, which you tested me with."

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