Quick answer
"Followed" is a form of "follow", a transitive verb which is often translated as "seguir". "From" is a preposition which is often translated as "de". Learn more about the difference between "from" and "followed" below.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in space)
a. de
The plane from Madrid arrives at 3 pm.El avión de Madrid llega a las 3 pm.
b. desde
I drove from the lake to my house.Conduje desde el lago hasta mi casa.
2. (in time)
a. desde
From that day onwards, they were inseparable.Desde aquel día, fueron inseparables.
3. (used to indicate source)
a. de
Don't drink water from the hose!¡No bebas agua de la manguera!
I'm from San Juan, Puerto Rico.Soy de San Juan, Puerto Rico.
4. (used to indicate distance)
a. de
The car stopped just two meters from the finish line.El auto se detuvo a sólo dos metros de la meta.
5. (used to indicate range)
a. de
The trip can take from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.El viaje puede tardar de 30 a 45 minutos, según el tráfico.
6. (used to indicate removal)
a. de
He was dismissed from his post.Lo despidieron de su cargo.
7. (used to indicate cause)
a. de
He died from a brain tumor.Murió de un tumor cerebral.
8. (used to indicate prevention)
a. de
The plants need to be protected from frost.Hay que proteger las plantas de las heladas.
9. (in comparisons)
a. de
My situation is different from yours.Mi situación es diferente de la tuya.
10. (mathematics)
a. menos
25 from 50 is 25.50 menos 25 es 25.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pursue)
a. seguir
The security vehicles followed his car.Los vehículos de seguridad siguieron su coche.
2. (to obey)
a. seguir
I made a real mess of the desk because I didn't follow the instructions.Hice una chapuza del escritorio porque no seguí las instrucciones.
b. obedecer
She gets into trouble because she doesn't follow the rules in school.Se mete en problemas porque no obedece las reglas en la escuela.
c. cumplir
The soldier was punished for not following orders.El soldado fue castigado por no cumplir las órdenes.
3. (to happen after)
a. seguir
The events that followed the war were truly unexpected.Los sucesos que siguieron la guerra fueron verdaderamente inesperados.
4. (to continue)
a. seguir
If you follow that street, you'll find it there at the end.Si sigues esa calle, lo encuentras allí al final.
5. (to imitate)
a. seguir
I'm going to follow in my father's footsteps; I'm going to be a doctor.Voy a seguir los pasos de mi padre, voy a ser médico.
6. (to work in)
a. trabajar de
You have to study a lot to follow the medical profession.Tienes que estudiar mucho para trabajar de médico.
7. (to understand)
a. seguir
Tell me again. I'm not following you.Cuéntamelo otra vez que no te sigo.
b. entender
I still don't follow the plan for the presentation.Sigo sin entender el plan para la presentación.
8. (to take an interest in)
a. mantenerse al tanto
I've been following the situation on TV, and it's not looking so good.Me he mantenido al tanto de la situación en la tele y no tiene buena pinta.
b. seguir
I followed the first three seasons, and then I got bored.Seguí las primeras tres temporadas y después me aburrí.
9. (social media)
a. seguir
Do you follow Ashton Kutcher on Instagram?¿Sigues a Ashton Kutcher en Instagram?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to happen after)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'd like the salad, and the steak to follow.Me gustaría la ensalada y el bistec como segundo.
What followed was quite unpleasant.Lo que vino a continuación fue bastante desagradable.
11. (to understand)
a. entender
Wait, what? I don't follow.Espera, ¿qué? No entiendo.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to be a logical consequence of)
a. deducirse
If you want to work there, it follows that you should learn about what they do.Si quieres trabajar allí, se deduce que debes aprender sobre lo que hacen.
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