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    Hi, I have a question about the word 'FOLLOW.'

    This is the first time I ever post a thread in this forum, so...

    Well, I found it confusing when I was viewing the definition of the word "austerity" in Collins Cobuild dictionary.
    The definition itself was not a problem. The problem was the example sentence for it, which says: "...the years of austerity which followed the war."

    And here's what I'm not clear about: is that sentense saying that the austerity is the consequence of the war, or is it the opposite? I'm always confused when it comes to the usage of the word "FOLLOW."

    Thank you for your support!


    p.s. If you find any major grammatical, or vocabulary gaffe in the thread, please let me know. I'll be appreciated.

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    Re: Hi, I have a question about the word 'FOLLOW.'

    Welcome to the forum, KitaeCho.

    "...the years of austerity which followed the war."

    And here's what I'm not clear about: is that sentensce saying that the austerity is the consequence of the war, or is it the opposite?
    Neither. It's simply saying that the years after the war were years of austerity. The austerity may or may not be a consequence of the war , and the reader may chose to infer that they were, but the sentence itself doesn't tell us.

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    Re: Hi, I have a question about the word 'FOLLOW.'

    Welcome from me, too.

    As you've asked for corrections, here are a couple:

    This is the first time I have ever posted a thread in this forum.

    It will be appreciated or I'll appreciate it. (Perhaps you meant to write It'll be appreciated.)

    Rover

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