Knowing all about idioms and sayings in English is important if you want to get a better understanding of the language as a whole. We’ll look at “pave the path” (or more commonly “pave the way”) in this article to see how we can use it.
What Does “Pave The Path” Mean?
“Pave the path” means to make something easier for somebody else to follow. It means that if you show someone how to do something easier, then they will follow your idea and create a new solution more easily. It’s more commonly referred to as “pave the way.”
You can see The Cambridge Dictionary definition for “pave the way,” which means to “makes other things possible” by “paving the way” in the first place.
Examples: How To Use Pave The Path In A Sentence
Let’s look through some examples of using “pave the path” in a sentence. This way, you’ll start being more comfortable with using the saying and hopefully impress a few people with your new English skills.
- My father managed to pave the path for my success.
- I make sure to pave the path to success to set myself and my kids up for the future.
- I want to pave the path to paradise. Then I know I’ll have made it in life.
- He has paved the way for us to enjoy the newest iterations of technology.
- We want to pave the way for modern inventors.
- I am paving a path to make climate change a problem of the past.
- Have you been paving the way for other people to get ahead?
- I want you to pave the way with me.
- All of the greats in history paved the path for us to be where we are now.
- You can learn a lot from history; it’s paved a path for how we live our lives today.
- You have paved a path to fix the bridging gaps between our cultures.
- I try to pave the path, so my kids don’t have to worry so much about their futures.
As you can see, when we use “pave the path” or “pave the way” as an idiom, we’re showing that we want to lead by example and show someone how something is possible.
Oftentimes, we’ll talk about previous advancements or discoveries doing this. A historical discovery would have “paved the path” for all future discoveries that are closely linked to it.
What Does It Mean To Pave The Path To Success?
When we want to pave the path in a more specific manner, we can add more to the end of the idiom. We’ll start by looking at what adding “success” to the end of it means.
“Pave the path to success” means that someone is deliberately setting themselves or someone else up to succeed later in life.
Generally, these people will have a plan already in motion to do something like this. They will either be set up in a big company or build their own one from scratch. Either way, they’re going to put most of the work in to set themselves or someone else up for success later in life.
The implication is that if you put the work in now, it’ll all be worth it later.
What Does It Mean To Pave The Path To Paradise?
We can also add “paradise” at the end of the idiom to mean much the same as the one we explained above.
“Pave the path to paradise” means that we’re setting ourselves or someone else up to achieve “paradise” when they’ve reached the end goal. Paradise is different for everyone, but ultimately it means a haven that’s filled with your wildest dreams.
Generally, “paradise” is a concept that’s only reserved for the wealthiest people in the world. Allowing someone to “pave the path” towards it gives them hope to work towards something that they otherwise may think they don’t deserve.
What Does “Pave The Path Fort Wayne” Mean?
“Pave the Path Fort Wayne” is a Youth Leadership summit that teaches young people about leading the way into the future. Generally, it sets them up to be great leaders when the time comes for adults to “pass the mantle,” as it were.
Is It Pave Way Or Pave The Way?
When we’re using the idiom, it’s important to include “the” between the two words.
“Pave the way” is the correct way to write and say the idiom. Without “the,” it’s not specific, and “pave way” means someone has done something that might assist future endeavors. “Pave the way” shows that someone did something DELIBERATELY to help in the future.
Including “the” shows more intention of the person doing it and is the only way we can write the saying. Look at these examples:
- He paved the way for my success.
- He paved way for my success.
As you can see, the first one works a lot better. It shows a deliberate intention from the “he” in the sentence, which means they set us up for success. However, the second example simply shows that “he” might have done something more accidentally or without even realizing it that set us up for the success we now have.
Synonyms For “Pave The Path”
Let’s finish by looking at a couple of alternatives that you can use in place of “pave the path.” These are also idioms and sayings that have a similar meaning and work just as well if you replaced any of the times we’ve mentioned above where “pave the path” works.
- Lead by example
This teaches people to do something with the intention of showing younger people how to do it. It creates a teaching moment through leadership that hopefully inspires younger people to learn from you and do what you do.
- Grease the wheels
This is another great idiom that means the same thing. The idea is that if we “grease the wheels,” then the “wheels” will be much easier to turn when it’s time for someone else to start working on something we started.