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    idioms

    Would you say these two idioms have the same meaning?

    Set something in the right direction

    Put something on the right track

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    Re: idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Would you say these two idioms have the same meaning?

    Set something in the right direction

    Put something on the right track

    Thanks.
    The second is more colloquial.

    The second also implies that there is a "track"; that is, that once you've set something on the right track, something else has to go wrong to prevent it reaching the right destination. The first doesn't have this connotation.

    Setting someone in the right direction tends to imply the importance of the person's own volition in actually reaching the goal, while setting them on the right track tends to downplay this.

    Otherwise, yes I'd say they mean pretty much the same thing.

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