I have a question in below sentence.

You expect to rule the city the way you rule other city.

I think the correct sentence is

You expect to rule the city in the way you rule other city.

why can the preposition "in" be omitted?

if possible, the grammatical explanation is better for me to understand.

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    "You expect you to rule the city the way you rule other city" is a weird sentence. Maybe you meant "You expect to rule this city the way you ruled the other city"? Jan 17, 2016 at 8:50
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    yes. I found the wrong expression at the moment. so I am gonna fix it.
    – GT Kim
    Jan 17, 2016 at 9:27

1 Answer 1


A noun phrase headed by way — that is, the noun way plus any adjectives, determiners, relative clauses, etc. — can be used adverbially. For example:

He did it the way she asked.
Either way, we're out of time.
Look both ways before crossing the street.
She came in through the back door, and left the same way.

So although it's fine to use in in your example, it's also completely fine to leave it out. (Personally, I think it sounds better without the in.)

Way is rather unusual in this respect, but not absolutely unique. The same happens with many nouns relating to time:

They go to church every week that they're in town.
She tried it three times before giving up.
He's moving away next month.

  • Thank you so much, Ruakh! After posting this, No answer. so I checked up your answer today.
    – GT Kim
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:35
  • I forgot evaluating your answer. your explanation is what I exactly want. I'd like to thank you again !
    – GT Kim
    Jan 21, 2016 at 16:49
  • @UtherKim: My pleasure!
    – ruakh
    Jan 21, 2016 at 19:03

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