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    Follow A Method

    I have a question about difference between "follow a method" and "use a method":


    1. During the experiment, he followed a new method.
    2. During the experiment, he used a new method.


    Could both be the same?

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    Re: Follow A Method

    In this context, yes.

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    #3

    Re: Follow A Method

    I would use "used".

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    Re: Follow A Method

    @MikeNewYork

    Would "followed the steps of a new method" be better?

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    Re: Follow A Method

    Not much.

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    #6

    Re: Follow A Method

    (I am not a Teacher. BrE first language speaker)

    I would agree they mean virtually the same thing. However, to me, the first might imply that he was following a set of instructions, such as using a manual. The second sounds as though he already knew what he was doing, and so tried the new experiment using the knowledge he already had.

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