the way / in the way

Nousher Ahmed

Senior Member
Bangla
Would you be kind enough to explain why I should not use the preposition 'in' before 'the way' in the following sentence?

You should respect me the way you respect your parents.

My question is- why will it be wrong if I write "You should respect me in the way you respect your parents"?
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Both are OK. I prefer "in the way"
    You can also say,
    "You should respect me in the way in which/that you respect your parents.

    Compare "He treated his wife in the way he would treat a dog." / "He treated his wife the way he would treat a dog."
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I agree with Parla. "The way", or "in the same way that..."

    (Edited: my "In the way" crept in by mistake.)
     
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