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    follow the changing patterns

    Considering the context, does this "follow" mean "understand" or "just catch up with"? The translation goes "understand" which is one the many meanings of "follow", so I think it's correct, but I'm not sure.

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    ex)Advertisements have long provided historians with insights into America's social history. A historian, for example, can follow the changing patterns of dieting and weigh reduction by studying newspaper and magazine ads from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, one can see a clear trend toward a heavier and more curvaceous female body. But during the Jazz Age of the 1920s, a preference was quickly established for thinness....

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    Re: follow the changing patterns

    Is it like "following the trail will get you to the top of the mountain" or "Can you follow me?" in the lecture of a professor?
    Maybe I guess the two terms have similar meanings with unclear distinction, so they seem to find it hard to anwer. As understanding(follow) something also means following something physically.

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    Re: follow the changing patterns

    In your example, it means that a historian can take a logical, chronological, step-by-step journey through the patterns of dieting etc. The historian can look chronologically at how dieting and weight loss trends change and metaphorically walk the path which the pattern forms.

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    Re: follow the changing patterns

    Thanks a million! My great teacher!!!

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