If "succeeding" is the antonyms of "preceding", and they are both adjectives, then can I use "succeeding" as in the following examples:

1- The succeeding word of the adjective is a noun.

2- The preceding sentence of the subordinate conjunction is an independent sentence, but its succeeding one is a dependent sentence.


And, can it come after the noun in its adjective form?

The word succeeding the adjective is a noun.

If that is a correct ordering of the sentence, then why is it correct? Isn't "succeeding" an adjective that should precede its noun in order to describe it?


I wold not use "succeeding" in these cases, as it may be (temporarily) ambiguous for the reader / listener. It is very related to "success" also.

A better word without ambiguity is "following", eventually "next" or "after" - depending on the sentence's structure.

Examples 1 and 2 are quite strange for me, even ignoring the ambiguity I just mentioned. he last example sounds very good.

Other ways to express the same thing:

The word after the adjective is a noun.

The next word after the adjective is a noun.

The first word is an adjective, and the next is a noun.

The word following the adjective is a noun.

  • Thank you, virolino. Very well-stated suggestions! As you have suggested "following", can it be substituted with "succeeding" in the examples I've provided? – Tasneem ZH May 15 '19 at 12:23
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    I added to the answer. I hope I understood your question right. – virolino May 15 '19 at 12:28

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