act (in) a certain way

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  • Beryl from Northallerton

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    Hello Jessica.

    As in the other thread, the inclusion of the word "IN" renders the expression only slightly more correct - the difference to US ears, may only be marginal.
     
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    But because Axel is black, and a cop, and successful, they don't know quite what to do. They expect him to act a certain way, and he never does. He just laughs his big horse-laugh and dashes after the bad guys, while the white cops on their home court try to keep up.
    If I put "in" between "to act" and "a certain way", would some meanings be added and some lost?
     
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