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    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    The lecture will be followed by discussion.

    Does it mean "After the discussion there will be a lecture"?

    Thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    The lecture will be followed by a discussion.

    Does it mean "After the discussion there will be a lecture"?

    Thanks a lot
    No, the opposite. First the lecture, then the discusson.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    The lecture will be followed by discussion.

    Does it mean "After the discussion there will be a lecture"?

    Thanks a lot
    No. As BarbD said, it's the opposite.

    The lecture will be followed by a discussion = A discussion will follow the lecture.

    To follow (in this context) = to come after
    To be followed by = to come first and with something after

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    I still don't get it without your explanation.

    Does the follow mean "come after in time or order" in this link?

    Or which definition does it mean in my context?

    Thanks a lot

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    Come after in time, yes.

    Active: A discussion will follow the lecture.
    Passive: The lecture will be followed by a discussion.
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