away vs a way : Common Errors in English

About away vs a way

“Jessica commented on my haircut in a way that made me think maybe I shouldn’t have let my little sister do it for me.” In this sort of context, “a way” should always be two distinct words, though many people use the single word “away” instead. If you’re uncertain, try substituting another word for “way”: “in a manner that,” “in a style that.” If the result makes sense, you need the two-word phrase. Then you can tell Jessica to just go away.

away Meaning(s)

  • (s) not present; having left
  • (a) used of an opponent's ground
  • (s) (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
  • (r) from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
  • (r) from one's possession
  • (r) out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)
  • (r) out of existence
  • (r) at a distance in space or time
  • (r) indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily
  • (r) so as to be removed or gotten rid of
  • (r) freely or at will
  • (r) in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping)
  • (r) in a different direction
  • (r) in reserve; not for immediate use

away in News

  1. Lincolnton burglars make away with hundreds of dollars in cigarettes

    LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A burglar made away with hundreds of dollars in cigarettes after breaking into a Lincolnton shop, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies responded to the Half Way Supply in the 800 block of North NC 18 Highway just after midnight Sunday when the alarm sounded. They arrived to find the glass door shattered and a rock on the floor. They say about 25 cartons of cigarettes ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WCNC Charlotte

  2. Bombs away

    Bombs away
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Ventura County Reporter

  3. Away Holidays’ Dubai Delight for Affordable Luxury Holidays

    Away Holidays has announced an affordable luxury holiday deal for Dubai. Starting from as low as £399, the holiday offer that includes direct Dubai flights and accommodation in the city is sure to make an impression on mid-range and budget vacationers. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

a way in News

  1. 25 years of inspiration for Edward Health and Fitness Center

    Sports enthusiasts Chuck and Mary Kay Graber moved to Naperville in late 1988 and joined a fledgling Edward Health and Fitness Center as a way to meet like-minded friends. Twenty five years later, Chuck is a spin-class master who also weight trains. Mary Kay, once an occasional swimmer, has now completed several triathlons, 14 marathons and a few half-ironman competitions, all inspired by the ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Daily Herald

  2. Greek PM to meet coalition partners on Monday over ERT crisis

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet his coalition partners on Monday, his office said on Thursday, in a bid to find a way a out of a growing political crisis over the sudden closure of state broadcaster ERT. The meeting - which Samaras's junior coalition partners had demanded along with a repeal of the decision to close ERT - will take place at 11 am ET, his office ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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