English version

lead up to something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlead up to something phrasal verb1 BEFOREif a series of events or a period of time leads up to an event, it comes before it or causes it the weeks that led up to her death the events leading up to his dismissal2 INTRODUCEto gradually introduce an embarrassing, upsetting, or surprising subject into a conversation She had already guessed what he was leading up to. lead→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
lead up to Beyond doubt, he was a key figure in the events that led up to Megan and Morag and to Dolly.My whole childhood had been leading up to playing football in college.Many of the details of the events leading up to the bombing have come to light in recent months.
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Verb table
lead
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theylead
he, she, itleads
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave led
he, she, ithas led
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad led
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill lead
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have led
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam leading
he, she, itis leading
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you, we, theyare leading
Past
I, he, she, itwas leading
you, we, theywere leading
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been leading
he, she, ithas been leading
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been leading
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be leading
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been leading
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