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If mir means "to me" then why is it not mich? She follows to me doesn't make sense in English.
Mir almost always convey the same meaning as "to me", but you can't just do a word to word substitution and expect to have coherent english and german sentences.
after so many lessons I find myself bound to make such petty mistakes as putting 'she' in place of 'they' and vice-versa. Any golden rule to follow?
They-Sie is always capitalized, and most conjugated verbs will end in -en (trinken, kaufen, gehen). She-sie is only capitalized at the start of a sentence (like any other pronoun), and most conjugated verbs will end in -t (trinkt, kauft, geht).
Just a side note, the third person plural form of sie is only capitalised when it is being used as the polite form of you, when it is intended to mean they it is still a lower case s.
I dont know why people disliked your comment, maybe theres something more to it? I found it helpful anyway, thank you.
An easy way to remember the dative nature of 'folgt' is by imagining that when you follow some one you are also moving 'WITH' him/her. That is you are always POSITIONED behind him/her.