Is "as shown follows" the right way to say it? Here is a generic example:

If X, then Y should be organized as shown follows:

If it actually is ok, does it sound natural or should I replace it with something else?

Edit: In case someone is interested, my copyeditor changed the sentence to:

If X, then Y should be organized as shown next:


It is not idiomatic or grammatical. Three possible ways to reword it would be "as shown below", "as shown in the following", or simply "as follows".

If X, then Y should be organized as follows:

"Like this" is yet another possiblity, but of a somewhat lower register.

  • Perhaps the sentence comes from not realizing that we can use one verb or the other, but not both.
    – BobRodes
    May 4 '14 at 19:43
  • Except you can use both: "If X, then Y should be shown as follows:" May 4 '14 at 23:30

Instead of "as shown next", why not "as shown here"? Alternately, try "as shown in the following".

  • 3
    Please edit to include an explanation of why this is correct; answers without explanation do not teach the patterns of the language well. Jan 23 '17 at 18:16

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