Re: "Following" - Choice of words

Subject: Re: "Following" - Choice of words
From: Bob Morse <morse -at- GLOBALDIALOG -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 11:19:56 -0700

John Bell wrote:

> One software guide I have uses this construction quite often.
> "Following are description of the fields in the Positioning tab:"
> Every time I read a sentence like that I have to stop and re-read it.
> It seems so awkward. I would rewrite it as "The following" and I would
> also use "descriptions". (And a few other changes.)

I've been waging a one-person campaign to eradicate the word "following"
from all such contexts. I think it's utterly unnecessary, trite, and
simply adds numbing verbage. For example:

The following are the primary features of BlahBlah:

... or ...

The primary features of BlahBlah are the following:

... can always be easily recast as:

The primary features of BlahBlah are:

... or simply ...

The primary features of BlahBlah:

Please join me in this noble crusade.

Bob Morse <morse -at- globaldialog -dot- com>, Badger SoftWerks, Mt. Horeb, WI
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