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    to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Hello all users!

    Does "to contribute to somebody doing something" mean the same as "to lead to somebody doing something" and "to result in somebody doing something"?

    For example.

    Heavy unemployment contributed to him not being able to find a job.

    Can the above sentence be expressed as:

    Heavy unemployment led to him not being able to find a job.

    Heavy unemployment resulted in him not being able to find a job.

    I think it is rare for people to use "to contribute to somebody doing something".

    What do you think of my examples?

    Are "to contribute to somebody doing, to lead to/result in somebody doing" exchangeable?

    Thank you.

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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello all users!

    Does "to contribute to somebody doing something" mean the same as "to lead to somebody doing something" and "to result in somebody doing something"?

    For example.

    Heavy unemployment contributed to him not being able to find a job.

    Can the above sentence be expressed as:

    Heavy unemployment led to him not being able to find a job.

    Heavy unemployment resulted in him not being able to find a job.

    I think it is rare for people to use "to contribute to somebody doing something".

    What do you think of my examples?

    Are "to contribute to somebody doing, to lead to/result in somebody doing" exchangeable?

    Thank you.
    1. We don't say "heavy unemployment". We say "high unemployment".
    2. To say that something contributes to somebody doing something is quite common.
    3. I don't think that "contributed to" and "led to" mean the same. "Contributed to" suggests that it was one of several factors. "Led to" suggests that it was the one (or main) factor.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    What about "to result in somebody doing something"?

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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    What about "to result in somebody doing something"?
    That is quite common too.

    The death of his father contributed to him/his leaving the country.
    The fact that he was losing 500 per week contributed to him/his closing the shop.

    I should add that, in my opinion, those would be better expressed as:

    The death of his father contributed to his decision to leave the country.
    The fact that he was losing 500 per week contributed to his decision to close the shop.
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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Is "to result in somebody doing something" closer in meaning to "to lead to somebody doing something" or to "to result in somebody doing something"?

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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Is "to result in somebody doing something" closer in meaning to "to lead to somebody doing something" or to "to result in somebody doing something"?
    I'm not sure I understand your question. If you remove the possibility of it meaning "to lead to somebody doing something" you are left with the question:

    Is "to result in somebody doing something" closer in meaning to "to result in somebody doing something"?

    Are you sure that you meant for the first phrase in quotes to be identical to the final phrase in quotes?
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    Re: to contribute to somebody doing = to lead to/result in somebody doing

    Sorry. It should have been.

    Is "to result in somebody doing something" closer in meaning to "to lead to somebody doing something" or to "to contribute to somebody doing something"?

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