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    Following

    "Following is a collection of words that law students must relearn: they mean one thing to most people but often something completely different to a lawyer."

    Is "following" used correctly above? Such a construction is new to me; I've come across "the following is" and "what follows is" but not "following is."

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    Re: Following

    No. We would say 'below is a list of words....

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    Re: Following

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    No. We would say 'below is a list of words....
    Interesting. I found the sentence in Bryan A. Garner's The Redbook: A Manual On Legal Style, so one would think it would be correct.

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    Re: Following

    I think it's correct (though ugly).

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    Re: Following

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Following is a collection of words that law students must relearn: they mean one thing to most people but often something completely different to a lawyer."

    Is "following" used correctly above? Such a construction is new to me; I've come across "the following is" and "what follows is" but not "following is."

    Thanks!
    "Following" is OK and used frequently. "Below" could be used also but only if the "collection" were literally/physically beneath the introductory statement.

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    Re: Following

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Following is a collection of words that law students must relearn: they mean one thing to most people but often something completely different to a lawyer."

    Is "following" used correctly above? Such a construction is new to me; I've come across "the following is" and "what follows is" but not "following is."

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    Hello,
    No, it is not correct. It should say (for example) "The following...".

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    Re: Following

    Or "this" could be implied, as in "Following [this] is a collection of words. . . ."

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