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What should we use after following?

  • I read the following in a book ...
  • I read the following from a book ...
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    Honestly, both are fine. As you can see from this Ngrams, the two have a tumultuous history. However, I would not end either of the sentences at this point because if you mention something following, you should probably mention what it is. But I can understand if you had done this just for brevity. – Teacher KSHuang Feb 16 '17 at 11:59
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    @TeacherKSHuang I believe there's a nuance in meanings, but I cannot explain it. – user178049 Feb 16 '17 at 12:04
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    I read the following in a book: this leads me to believe that you read it to yourself. I read the following from a book: this leads me to infer that you read aloud, to listeners. – Davo Feb 16 '17 at 12:05
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    This native US English speaker agrees with Davo. "Read it from a book" isn't wrong, but it emphasizes the reading-out-loud aspect, rather than where the information was located. – stangdon Feb 16 '17 at 12:49
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    @TeacherKSHuang, I don't believe that either phrasing insists that the reading was silent or aloud; this is just how I have understood it as a native American English speaker, 50+ years of age, having lived about half my life in the state of New York, and about half in the state of Georgia. What I've gleaned from reading, schooling, conversation, television watching, and radio listening leads me to make and stand by my comment above. I cannot point you to an official reference. – Davo Feb 16 '17 at 13:40
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I read the following in a book ...

You can use in when telling someone about something you read. It is more likely that you are paraphrasing what you read.

I read the following from a book ...

You can use from when telling someone about something you read, word for word.

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