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Sergei
05/08/2015 11:53am

Hi Gerry,

my question is about "stand in the way" vs. "stand on the way"; is it comon to use the latter one "stand on", if so, what's the main difference between these two?

Thanks!!

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Gerry English Expressions
05/10/2015 7:19pm

Hi Seguei!

Actually, the expression is 'stand in the way'.

(There is NO 'stand on the way')

'Stand in the way' is an idiom which means 'obstruct' or 'block' as in to 'block an opportunity or the achievement of a goal'.

For example:

"Our team will win this game and we will not allow the other team to stand in our way!"

or

"I won't let anyone stand in our way."
(when you are in love with someone)

or

"I won't let anything stand in the way of my business becoming successful."


'The way' is the path or course that one takes to achieve this goal.

Hope this helps!
G.

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