follow in someone's footsteps to destruction

Shooting Stars

Senior Member
Chinese
Indulging in dissipation and sexual pleasure, King Li of Zhou followed in the footsteps of Zhou and Jie to destruction.

I wrote the sentence. Zhou and Jie are two kings notorious for their dissipation and execessive indulgence in drinks and sex. They were overthrown and killed by their subjects. I'd like to say that King Li of Zhou did the same evil things as the two kings did, at the cost of his life and his dynasty. I was wondering if the bold part is correct. Can I replace footsteps with steps?

Thank you.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I would probably say "followed the footsteps," without "in," although it would be fine either way. "Footsteps" is better than "steps."
     
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