I have a question about the usages of the verb "lead". According to web usages, one sense of the verb "lead" is similar to the verb "cause". So that the following two sentences:
- The recession caused some investors to back off on buying stocks.
- The recession led some investors to back off on buying stocks.
, mean the same thing.
Does that mean the following:
- Erosion caused the building to collapse.
- Erosion led the building to collapse.
are also the same? I do feel that sentence 4, which uses "led", is a little bit off compared to sentence 3, which uses "cause". What do native speakers think?