- The last two decades have seen enormous changes in the way people's lives are affected by IT.
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The above sentence means that IT affected people's way of living and creates enormous changes in the last two decades. But I have some questions. What is the subject of are? Is it the whole phrase in the way people's way? Or is only in the way? I think that a words group that starts with preposition cannot be a subject of a clause. That is why I think people's lives is the subject of are affected by IT, not in the way or in the way people's lives. If I write the above sentence in the following way, do you think that the following sentence can be considered as a correct with having similar meaning of the above sentence?
- The last two decades have seen enormous changes the way people's lives in are affected by IT.
Here in has not been placed at the before of the way, and the meaning of it is same as the meaning of previous one. But in the second example the way is the subject, not people's lives.
Personally I think there was a word/words between in the way and people's lives, and these words have been omitted. Please help me to get rid from this problem.