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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: