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    following/ after

    Following gradually declining to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

    is it correct to use the "following" in the sentence?

    thanks

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    Re: following/ after

    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    Following gradually declining to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

    is it correct to use the "following" in the sentence?

    thanks
    Acceptable, but not recommended; it makes the sentence hard to parse as you're listening - having the two -ings so close together. Better would be either 'After gradually declining...' or 'Following a gradual decline...'.

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    Re: following/ after

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Acceptable, but not recommended; it makes the sentence hard to parse as you're listening - having the two -ings so close together. Better would be either 'After gradually declining...' or 'Following a gradual decline...'.

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    My thoughts exactly.

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