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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

To follow someone's lead



Example 1
Kate is such a wonderful person! She does a lot of volunteer work in her community helping the homeless and under-privileged children. I think more people should follow Kate's lead and help people who need it most.

Example 2
If you are trying to get into shape and be healthy, you should follow John's lead. He exercises often and eats lots of fruits and vegetables.

To follow someone's lead means to do as someone else does, to use someone as an example.

"To follow someone's lead" is a common idiom used by native speakers. Practical idioms like this can be learned from LSI Speaking books like "Reading Connections," which is used to teach the Level 3 Reading/Vocabulary classes at Language Systems.   For more information please visit: www.languagesystems.com 

To put someone behind bars

Example 1

Joe was arrested for fraud. He was filing fake insurance claims and collecting money he did not deserve. The judge decided to put Joe behind bars for at least 2 years.

Example 2

When the police realized that Frank had been driving while drunk, they put him behind bars for the weekend.

To put someone behind bars means to put someone in jail. Usually  only the police or authorities are used as the subject because they have the authority to send someone to jail.

"To put someone behind bars" is a common idiom used by native speakers. Practical idioms like this can be learned from LSI Speaking books like "Speaking Transitions," which is used to teach the Level 4 Speaking/Listening classes at Language Systems schools.  For more information please visit: www.languagesystems.com