Do the following sentences have the same meaning?
My father did not have a lot of friends, I followed his lead.
My father did not have a lot of friends, I followed his example.
- VyLv 51 month agoFavourite answer
The phrase "followed his lead" means "followed his direction", while "followed his example" means "behaved in a similar way".
- sparrowLv 71 month ago
Yeah. They mean the same thing. I think the second one works better.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Neither is a proper sentence. You can make either sentence proper by replacing the comma with the word "and". Once you have done that, then either sentence is just fine.
- garryLv 61 month ago
i am the same as my father who never had a lot of friends , not the other examples .you americans have no idea , do you .
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- deniseLv 71 month ago
Yes, they both mean the same, but I would end the sentence with , I am like him.
- GypsyfishLv 71 month ago
You cannot connect two clauses with just a comma. Use a semi-colon or a period. I would use "lead" more to indicate some activity or path- like a career path, for example. But both sentences would be understood.
- OTTOLv 61 month ago
Same general meaning. But sentence needs a semicolon instead of a comma.
- robert2020Lv 61 month ago
Yes......The same meaning, I have heard them used interchangably, in movies and literature.
The first sentence is more informal. And said by speakers of American EnglishSource(s): Native American English speaker for many years.
- jimanddottaylorLv 71 month ago
The second one is better. The first one would work, if your dad was doing something active. But in this sentence your dad is not doing anything active. He is inactive, just existing ....with no friends. The people who are actively not being friends are doing something.
- 1 month ago
Yes, they have the same meaning. They would both be normal for a native speaker to use. Sentence #2; however, would be my personal choice if I were writing formally.