I don't know if this sentence is right:

He knows all the way from being a shy adolescent to a professional whose daily life is to help people understand technology as a simple thing.

I want to say that he has gone through so many things during his life and he learned a lot from it, evolved, etc. I want to say that he knows all the obstacles/everything it took to become a person who has lost his shyness in order to be able to help others.

So, is it right to say "he knows all the way"?, or is there a more common expression you would use to say that?

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    No. To know the way is to know the correct route to get somewhere, so it doesn't really fit your sentence even as a metaphor. I think you need to find another way to express the idea. Commented Apr 5, 2023 at 15:27
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    There's He's run the gamut from being a shy adolescent to a professional..., but that doesn't directly allude to the passage of time (over a lifetime) - just the fact that he's been in a very broad range of situations. Commented Apr 5, 2023 at 17:04

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I think the expression you could use is "he knows the way from being a shy adolescent to a professional ..."

'the way' means 'the path'. So 'I know the way to the restaurant without getting stuck in traffic'.

If you say 'I know the way' it means 'I know how to get there'.

There is no such expression as 'knows all the way', this is mixture of different expressions 'he knows all the ways to develop from a shy child into a confident professional' - this would be appropriate to describe a teacher who knows many different ways to achieve something. The second expression is 'he has come all the way from being a shy child to being a confident professional'

'Come all the way' is used to emphasise where someone has come from. E.g., 'John has come all the way from Timbuktu to speak to us today'.

Personally although I would say 'he knows the way from being a shy adolescent' is correct, it's not ideal style, because it implies that John's experience is valid for everyone, whereas what we are really saying is that John has come from this background and overcome a lot of difficulties, so it would be better to say

'He has come all the way from being a shy ...'. If we wanted to talk about the lessons we could teach others we could talk about that in terms of himself. 'He has learned how to overcome shyness' and maybe follow that up with saying how he helps others ', and now he teaches others.'

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