follow collocations and examples

 UK /ˈfɒləʊ/

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to walk, drive etc behind someone

Adverbs frequently used with follow
closely: closelyA neighbour saw him dashing into the Smiths’ house, followed closely by Emily.quickly: quickly, speedily, swiftlyThe betrayed husband swiftly followed the couple and found them in a hotel.obediently: dutifully, meekly, obedientlySome dogs obediently follow their owners.

to happen or come after something else

Adverbs frequently used with follow
soon or immediately: closely, directly, immediately, quickly, shortly, soon, swiftlyThere was a small explosion, followed immediately by a larger one.naturally or logically: inevitably, logically, naturallyEach section follows logically from the previous one, telling a story, rather than being a collections of facts.if needed or wanted: optionallyThe final school qualification is split into two parts, AS followed optionally by A2 .

to obey an order or take someone’s advice

Adverbs frequently used with follow
closely: carefully, closely, exactly, faithfully, rigidly, rigorously, strictlyIf you faithfully follow the procedures in this article there is almost nothing that can go wrong.

Usage note

To say that someone follows something closely, you can also say that they follow it to the letter: I followed the recipe to the letter, but still my cake sank in the middle.

not closely: broadly, roughlyThe policy set out below broadly follows their recommendations.without thinking: blindly, slavishly, without questionTheir experience is recorded, not to be followed blindly, but in the hope that it may help someone else as they think through the issues.obediently: dutifully, meekly, obedientlyField marshals dutifully followed his orders on when and where armies should move.

Nouns frequently used as the object of follow
rules or orders: command, orders, rulesMany people do not follow basic hygiene rules.advice: advice, guidelines, recommendation, suggestionBy following these five simple guidelines you could help reduce climate change.instructions: directions, instructions, recipeOpen the application and follow the on-screen instructions.correct way of doing something: procedureIf you have sent us a complaint we will follow our complaints procedure.

to do the same as someone else

Nouns frequently used as the object of follow
follow someone’s example: example, leadThose who possess nuclear weapons can no longer condemn other countries for following their example and developing their own.

Usage note

You can also say that someone follows suit: They began to offer takeaway food and other restaurants followed suit.

follow usual behaviour: convention, fashion, precedent, traditionPeople are given the freedom to take risks and not just follow convention.

be true as a result of something else

Adverbs frequently used with follow
automatically, logically, necessarilyIt doesn’t necessarily follow that clever parents have clever children.
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