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    How to use "followed by"

    Dear friends,

    Which of the following sentences is correct and why?

    1. There is a gradual increase in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.

    2. The data increased gradually in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.

    3. a gradual increase was witnessed in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.

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    Haibin

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    Re: How to use "followed by"

    Quote Originally Posted by wang.cupid View Post
    Dear friends,

    Which of the following sentences is correct and why?

    1. There is/was a gradual increase in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.

    2. The data increased gradually in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.
    I don't think you mean that the data increased. It's more likely that whatever the data was measuring increased.

    3. a gradual increase was witnessed in the first 3 years, followed by a sharp decrease from 30 to15.

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    Haibin
    They are all acceptable to me. I prefer the first because of its simplicity.

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