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Sport Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen look at examples of ‘text speak’ and the different meanings of the phrasal verb ‘work out’.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thanks a lot, Kirk.

Good morning,

Why did Ash say "on my way" and no "on the way" ?

Best regards,

Hello Stéphane,

The definite article ('the') in 'on the way' is often replaced by a possessive adjective such as 'my' (or 'his', 'her', 'their', etc.). It doesn't change the meaning -- it just shows more clearly who is en route. Ash could have said 'on the way' and it wouldn't have changed the meaning, though we tend to use the possessive adjective when we are en route at the time of speaking (whereas 'on the way' speaks more about the route in general, not the fact that we are on it at the moment).

By the way, although I've used the phrase 'en route' and it is in the English dictionary (follow the link to hear the English pronunciation of the phrase), we use 'on the way' more often than 'en route', which I imagine is an easy expression for you to remember!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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