1. Is it plausible to mainly take account of the image of action that a certain verb gives rather than the usage (transitive or intransitive) of verb when I construct a sentence? Of Course,I'm asking that except for the verbs like be, become and etc.


  1. In a similar vein, now I ask a detail question. the phrase "lead to" is used like this.

the situation A leads to a dangerous situation.

but can I use "lead" and "to" like this?

the president leads the situation A to a dangerous situation.

is it wrong?? answer me please.

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    Why do you think you are wrong? And at the same time why does it have to be right? Please include in your question the homework/research you have done for it. Jun 13 '16 at 5:34
  • I don't think so. As a learner, my experience shows that learning a language must be done gradually, consistently and properly. You must know which verb is transitive and which one is not and which one is both.
    – Cardinal
    Jun 13 '16 at 6:14
  • but when you look into dictionary too many Verbs have both transitive and intransitive usage with similar meaning. I couldn't feel any need to memorize the words' characteristic(transitive or intransitive), as i said above, except for some famous ones like be, become, discuss, marry and etc.
    – JBL
    Jun 13 '16 at 6:16
  • The state of "being famous" is relative! It depends on how much you use words. For example, If you have to write a book, thesis, etc, then you will need to use a wide range of different verbs with similar meanings. by the way, there are too many, you are right, but we have too much time!
    – Cardinal
    Jun 13 '16 at 7:07

Your sentence is close to idiomatic. You simply need the progressive/continuous rather than the simple present.

Failing to clean a cut can lead to infection.

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.

The mayor is leading the city to apocalypse and ruin with this new tax on soda pop.

  • Downvoting both question and answer without any explanation is of little value. Jun 13 '16 at 14:14

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