book

 

Learn English  
 

Blue Level

 
 

Red Level

 
 

Yellow Level

 
 

Green Level

 
 

Purple Level

 
 

Orange Level

 
 

Violet Level

 
 

Video Lessons

 
 

Links

 
 

American Speech

 
 

Chat

 
 

How to Learn

 
 

Vocabulary

 
 

U.S. Citizenship

 
 

Reading

 

 

 

 


 


follow

 

The word "follow" is a verb that is used when a thing or a person comes or goes after something else.

  • cars The blue car is following the red car around the track.
  • The children followed their teacher into the school.
  • Summer follows spring; winter follows autumn.
  • A suspect in the crime was followed by the police for several weeks.
  • Cries for help immediately followed the destructive storm.
  • The girl told the boy to stop following her.

Sometimes the word "follow" means to understand what a person is saying or to pay attention to directions:

  • Are you following? (Do you understand what I just said?)
  • He's not following the teacher's instructions.
  • If you don't follow the directions, you're going to make a mistake.
  • By carefully following a recipe, it's possible to make just about any kind of food.

Add the preposition "up" to form "follow up." To follow up on something is to make sure that it is okay.

  • After the meeting, our supervisor followed up with an email that reminded everyone of what we discussed.
  • A few days after Harriet was released from the hospital, the doctor made a follow-up visit to make sure she was feeling okay.
  • Thanks for following up on that!

The word "following" can be used as an adjective:

  • When Bob's refrigerator broke, he bought a new one the following week. (following = next)
  • After learning of her mother's death, she left to be with family members the following day. (the following day = the next day)

Sometimes the word "follow" indicates a strong interest in something:

  • Which sports do you follow?
  • Do you follow the news?
  • Have you been following the events in the Middle East lately?
  • Hilary Clinton has many followers who believe in her as a leader. (follower = a person who likes or admires someone else.)
  • She has a large following. (following = a large group of people who admire someone)
  • He's a dedicated follower of fashion.

 

The Kinks -- Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Click here to download the MP3 for this lesson.

Click here to learn more words.

 

This page was first published on November 25, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.