So, as the title says, what's the difference between "lead in" and "lead to", as can be seen in this example taken from the novel The Name of The Rose:

"Thus it happened that we turned westward... almost following the line of mountains that from Pisa leads in the direction of the pilgrim's way to Santiago..."

Thank you for the help.

  • You are linking the words incorrectly. The line of mountains leads in a certain direction. The pilgrims' way leads to Santiago. – Kate Bunting Apr 4 at 19:06

"lead in" almost always comes before "the direction of" and it implies a future-tense state, as in "

This road will lead in the direction of-

Note: the proper past tense version of "Lead" is "Led"

"Led to" implies a consequence of action, such as

"Robbing that bank led to my time in prison"

"Lead To" can't really be used properly in a sentence, however there are some examples: I can pull for it's use in other ways, such as;

Alright, I will [Lead him too] the exit.

"Lead" in that context implies a future state, just as "Lead In" does.

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