Is there a synonym of the phrasal verb

take somebody through something

Here is the sentence I am working on:

The director took us through the play scene by scene.

  • What exact meaning do you want to convey? They will take him through trickery when he least expects it. May 24, 2017 at 17:37
  • Can you explain why you don't want to use walk [indirect object] through, which you obviously do know how to use? In fact, you could forget the us part, since it should be contextually obvious, so plain He went through the play scene by scene would be fine. You could say he walked/stepped you through it, for example, but I'm not convinced there's a single-word term with this precise meaning (especially, not one with any significant currency). May 24, 2017 at 18:02
  • I'd like to know your motivation for seeking a synonym: Do you think it's too wordy? Phrasal verbs are often the most clear and natural way to express something. Putting all the debate about went vs. walk vs. took aside, your original reads pretty good to me.
    – J.R.
    May 24, 2017 at 19:23
  • Because I am trying to translate it into Arabic and I can't find an equivalent for it so I am trying to get a synonym to make it easier to get the Arabic equivalent @J.R. May 24, 2017 at 19:26
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    You'd be better off making that part of your question rather than just as a comment to me. Generally speaking, the more you can tell us about why you are asking a question, the better your answers will be.
    – J.R.
    May 24, 2017 at 20:40

2 Answers 2


As a native English speaker the phrase that I use most commonly in a situation like this is to "walk someone through"


The closest synonym would be either "explain" or "describe" -- although as FumbleFingers points out, there is no single word which contains all the information as the idiomatic expression.

One by one, the director explained each scene of the play to us.

Also as FumbleFingers mentions, the expression "walk us through" is somewhat more common than "take us through".

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