inspire him to find the answer, one step after another step

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ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello:

I asked a question to my daughter, she didn't know the answer. So I gave her a few clues and encouraged her think thoroughly, and she got a little closer to the answer. I gave her another few clues and encourage her to think harder, and she got more closer to the anwswer. Then I gave her another few clues and another few clues... finally she thought of the anwser by herself.



Can I describe what I was doing here as the following sentence?
I was inspiring her to find the answer, one small step after another small step.


Thanks.
 
  • ridgemao

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    If I inspired her more than two steps, can I still say "One small step after the other"?

    I thought "the other " should be used among two objects.
     

    tepatria

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    One small step after another is another way to say it, but each step is singular. One step follows the one before it, so that makes it one step after the other, no matter how many steps you take.
     
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