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to follow or to go after?

Hi to everyone! Is  there someone  who can explain to me what is the difference from to follow or to go after? In Italian we say: seguire. When have I to use the first one or the second one?

Jan 6, 2015 8:41 AM
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A more formal verb which has a similar meaning to "go after" is " to pursue".


He pursued his career as a doctor in many poor countries and saved many lives. 


"to sue" is similar to pursue but is generally only used in relation to pursuing someone through a court.


After the accident she had to threaten to sue the other driver to get the money to repair her car.



January 10, 2015

Thank you very much Cher! If I had not received your explanation, I had never understood the difference!

January 10, 2015

Hey Elisabetta, 


The context is important in such cases. IE What is the situation around this? To follow a leader, to follow rules etc The word 'follow' can be used in many ways.


"To go after" implies that you're chasing after someone for something. To obtain or strive towards something. Eg: He owes me money. I'm going to go after him for my money. or "You will never get what you want if you don't go after it with determination.


Blessed day :) 

January 6, 2015
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