An exercise asks that whether this sentence should be corrected?
- As an expert, John was used to people referring to his decisions.
Personally, I think that this sentence is completely fine, for the fact that "referring to", besides its meaning of "bringing up", also means "consulting sb". However, it turned out that the answer was that "referring to" must be changed to "deferring to".
I surely know that "defer to" means "to comply", which is pretty fit to the sentence; nevertheless, I think the original one is still suitable for the sentence. Therefore, could sb explain what is the difference between "refer to" and "defer to"? Thanks for any help!