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    Question about the word "followed by"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by qrasoldier, Dec 26, 2011.

    The following rule says this (this is a part of the sentence stating the rule):

    "...noun followed by preposition..."
    - is this saying that the preposition comes first in the sentence, then the noun?

    So is this an example?
    ...in the house, where "in" is the preposition and "house" is the noun.
     
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    actually, it's 2 words! ;)

    ...no, it's saying the preposition follows [comes after] the noun...

    no... see above...

    what is the entire rule you're quoting?...
     
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    Your post is followed by our replies.
     
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    I don't quite get the question you're asking - are you just seeking clarification on the way a rule is expressed, or the rule itself or whether that is an example?
     
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    They don't understand that if something says "A is followed by B", is it A that comes first, or B?
    I thought the question was pretty clear.
     
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    They don't understand that if something says "A is followed by B", is it A that comes first, or B?
    I thought the question was pretty clear.
     
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    i'm assuming either the op's first language is not english, or grammar school was so long ago the basics are no longer remembered clearly, hence the confusion...
     
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    Not really. If you're tired, like I was when I wrote my last post (last in this thread, that is), then you might accidentally say "B is followed by A" (the alphabet letters, I mean) and think you're right before you re-read it. "Followed by" could be confusing to someone who doesn't pay as much attention to language as people like you and I do.
     
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    guess so...
     

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