trace/track the missing girl's steps

Discussion in 'English Only' started by philanguy, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. philanguy

    philanguy Senior Member

    BountyLove
    MotherEarth;Chinese
    Hi,

    Are the following all righat and identical in meaning? Many thanks.


    --The police tried to trace the missing girl's steps but didn't make much progress.
    --The police tried to track the missing girl's steps but didn't make much progress.
     
  2. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    No, they don't mean the same thing to me. In the first sentence, they do their investigation and are trying to trace the steps that the missing girl took.

    In the second sentence, they literally followed her footsteps (in the snow, mud, whatever) but were unable to follow her tracks.
     

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