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I always thought that this phrase is wrong. That I can use either "the way to do something" or "how to do something". However, I find the phrase way how to very often in various places and that puts me in doubt whether this is correct or not.

Can you think of a proper usage example or are a lot of people just wrong when they use the phrase?

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People do say "the way how to", but it's pointlessly redundant. I'd say simply "the way to" or "how to".

Example: "a way how to learn" is technically grammatically correct, but awkward. "How" is an adverb, which is modifying "to learn". So it's valid, just unnecessary.

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"...a great way how to learn...": is 'way' redundant here? Or, is 'how' redundant? –  Elberich Schneider Jun 13 '12 at 20:51
Thanks Jay! Is it gramatically correct? –  David Štula Jun 13 '12 at 20:52
@David Stula. Yes, it is. And you can use it without asking yourself if it is: it is real English. –  Elberich Schneider Jun 13 '12 at 20:56
Actually, I cannot upvote anything until I have at least 15 reputation. –  David Štula Jun 13 '12 at 21:05
@Regis I would say "... a great way to learn." You cannot say "... a great how to learn" because "how" is an adverb and you cannot use an adjective ("great") to modify an adverb. If you want to use the word "great" you need some noun for it to modify. "Way" works fine. You could say "method", "technique", etc. –  Jay Jun 13 '12 at 21:16
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