Common Differences Between In the Way and On the Way
In the way is used for obstacles.
- I couldn’t get the car out because those boxes were in the way.
- Please move a bit – you are in my way. (= You are stopping me from getting where I want to.)
On the way means ‘during the journey or movement’. It can also mean ‘coming’.
- Summer is on the way. (Summer is coming.)
- Her fifth baby is on the way. (Her fifth baby is coming.)
- We had our lunch on the way. (We had our lunch during the journey.)